Taking the helm in 1984 as Oakland Zoo stood on the brink of permanent closure and was deemed ‘one of the ten worst U.S. Zoos’ by the Humane Society, Dr. Parrott’s decades-long leadership, commitment, and vision have made the Oakland Zoo of today a nationally recognized, award-winning, top Bay Area attraction known for excellence in animal welfare, wildlife conservation and rescue.
The “Reduce the Risk” initiative links human and animal health as key to pandemic prevention
The Humane Society of the United States recognizes Oakland Zoo's Darren Minier, Assistant Director of Animal Care, Conservation, and Research, for displaying an exemplary stand against animal cruelty.
Rescued by Cal Fire firefighters from the devastating Zogg and August Complex fires a few weeks ago, all three mountain lion cubs, including severely burned “Captain Cal,” have made full recoveries at Oakland Zoo’s Vet Hospital and will fly together as a family, accompanied by an Oakland Zoo’s Zoological Manager and a Columbus Zoo veterinarian in the coming weeks to their new home
Rescued by a firefighter yesterday afternoon, the orphaned and injured cub was rushed to Oakland Zoo last night by California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Multiple agencies partner to save a sub-species of Brush Rabbit that once roamed throughout Central California but has since dwindled to a few hundred
After being closed since March 17th due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakland Zoo is reopening on July 29 to the general public, with donor and member special preview days on July 27 and 28.
Oakland Zoo continues to be a leader in conservation efforts during Zoo closure with history making collaboration of first ever Foothill yellow-legged frogs release into the wild.
The killing of George Floyd is shockingly and disturbingly evil. And Ahmaud Arbery. And Breonna Taylor. And Eric Garner. And on and on. It is often said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing. The evil behind these tragedies is grounded in privilege, and in prejudice and callous indifference toward black people and black lives. It must end, so good people and organizations must act with much greater urgency and intention.
A young, female giraffe was brought to Oakland Zoo from Kansas based Lee Richardson Zoo on April 29. The move, prompted by a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan to promote genetic diversity in captive giraffe, deemed Kijiji’s genetics an excellent match for Oakland Zoo’s male resident giraffe, Mabusu.
New subscription-based platform launches Thursday, April 2, allowing never-before access for the public to engage, while bringing much needed revenue to Oakland Zoo. Subscribers will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions to animal care and veterinary staff in real time in exclusive behind the scenes locations.
In accordance with Alameda County’s order for residents to ‘shelter in place’ for the well-being of public and staff related to COVID-19 precautionary measures, Oakland Zoo will be closed Tuesday, March 17 and remain closed until the order is lifted.
Ten new iconic pink birds have joined the vibrant group at Oakland Zoo increasing efforts for their Species Survival Plan.
Oakland Zoo is the first Zoo in California to proactively take on the issue of plastics and its progressing global devastation on wildlife and the environment.
Governed by the Conservation Society of California, Oakland Zoo distributes the sum across 25 conservation partners worldwide.
Two cubs arrived to Oakland Zoo suffering from severe malnutrition and dehydration provided by he California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The female unfortunately passed away due to the severity of her condition, but the male is thriving. In the past two years,the CDFW has rescued and brought ten orphaned mountain lion cubs to Oakland Zoo, bringing much-needed attention to the human-wildlife conflict.
Oakland Zoo animal keepers and staff are mourning this sudden loss of the eldest in Oakland Zoo’s African elephant herd, M’Dunda, age 50, whodied at approximately 2:45PM on Tuesday inside the Zoo’s 6.5 acre elephant habitat.
Oakland Zoo is no stranger to accepting rescues and surrenders from the multi-billion dollar exotic pet industry and hopes to bring an understanding around unknowns in the private ownership of wild animals
Spooky season festivities continue at the Oakland Zoo with hundreds of leftover pumpkins donated to the Zoo to serve as treats and enrichment for the animals
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that Oakland Zoo has been recognized with AZA's 2019 Exhibit Design Award for its significant achievement in creating the California Trail exhibit.
A huge celebration took place at George Mark Children’s House Sept. 3, 2019, complete with animals from the Oakland Zoo—including a lesser tenrec, a box turtle and a blue-tongued skink—and flamingo and giraffe puppets from the San Diego Zoo. The special event for patients, their families, hospital staff and invited guests was presented to announce the arrival of San Diego Zoo Kids, a closed-circuit television adventure channel, at George Mark Children’s House.
OaklandZoo welcomes two long-awaited American bison bulls with Yellowstone Park genesin an effort to expand the diversity of both captive and free-ranging Americanbison.
One year ago, Siskiyou and Sequoia arrived at Oakland Zoo as one of eight native California species at the new California Trail. The Zoo hoped Sequoia and Siskiyou would bond and have a litter of pups; creating a pack is important to the emotional health of wolves.The addition of these four pups now constitute that ‘wolf pack’ and will remain at Oakland Zoo with their parents.
Following the tragic loss last December of the Zoo’s white-handed gibbon Nikko after 32years, zookeepers and staff are comforted by the arrival of this pair and the hope they will create a larger family of their own soon.
Eleven of the American Bison that arrived at Oakland Zoo in April 2018 are now currently in route back to the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. This return of the calves (and mothers) is part of the Bison Restoration Project, i.e., ‘Iinnii Initiative,’ to restore free-roaming bison to Blackfeet land and nearby National Parks.
One year ago, Siskiyou and Sequoia arrived at Oakland Zoo as one of eight native California species at the new California Trail. The Zoo hoped Sequoia and Siskiyou would bond and have a litter of pups; creating a pack is important to the emotional health of wolves. The addition of these four pups now constitute that ‘wolf pack’ and will remain at Oakland Zoo with their parents
Oakland Zoo is happy to announce newest member to the Zoo family,Alberto, who provides needed companionship for female cotton-topped tamarin, Electra, after the passing of her former companion, Felix.
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has announced that the OaklandZoo, governed by the Conservation Society of California, was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent AccreditationCommission.
Oakland Zoo’s 21st annual Earth Day festivities include dozens of onsite eco-friendly organizations and a conservation action, ‘Planting for Pollinators’.
California Department Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), rescued two orphaned Mountain lion siblings Monday afternoon in Half Moon Bay. The pair, about four months old, had been reported by local media earlier this week. They are currently receiving care at Oakland Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital while CDFW finds the pair a forever home.
Oakland Zoo and Oakland’s oldest brewery are releasing a new ale, “Bay Cat” with proceeds going to fund efforts around saving Bay Area mountain lions caught in the human-wildlife conflict.
Nikko the White-handed Gibbon unexpectedly passed away this past Sunday afternoon. After his recent move to Santa Barbara Zoo he was already bonding with their two gibbons as a new family unit. However, Nikko’s health declined suddenly last Thursday, and he passed away on Sunday en route to a specialty clinic in Santa Barbara. Cancer is suspected, but yet to be determined. Our zookeepers and staff are devastated. Nikko was a beloved Oakland Zoo family member, and we mourn his loss with the heaviest of hearts.
Newborn male ‘Mousa’ has quite the extended family, including parents, grandparents, cousins and more – a happy addition to the second largest Hamadryas baboon troop at an AZA-accredited U.S. Zoo.
White-handed gibbons are very social and monogamous - known to mate for life - and the popular Nikko, aged a mature 35 years, has been mate-less for almost a year. While he will be sorely missed at Oakland Zoo, zookeepers are confident he will be happier socially with his new‘blended gibbon family’ at Santa Barbara Zoo.
New additions to Oakland Zoo's holiday ZooLights include twenty-four multi-color, glowing gondolas, snow machines, and Santa’s Workshop in a ‘Winter Wonderland’. And, guests can now enjoy dinner at the hilltop Landing Café with a nighttime view of the entire SF Bay.
Instead of ending up as waste in a compost or trash bin, hundreds of leftover pumpkins were donated to Oakland Zoo as treats and enrichment for the animals.
Oakland Zoo, governed by the Conservation Society of California (CSC), has raised a record-breaking $332,000 for animals in the wild over the past year, largely due to its ‘Quarters for Conservation’ program.
In ten months, a total of five unrelated,orphaned mountain lion cubs have been rescued and brought to Oakland Zoo by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
This year marks a milestone anniversary of the 15th Annual Healthy Living Festival (HLF). Organized by the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County, HLF has become the largest free health resource fair for seniors.
Almost three years since breaking ground and more than two decades in the making, Oakland Zoo’s highly anticipated California Trail opens to the public on July 12, 2018. The expansion more than doubles the Zoo’s current size from 45 acres to 100 acres.
The three (separately found) orphaned mountain lion cubs rescued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and brought to Oakland Zoo last December are now officially home in their brand-new, expansive habitat—one of the largest mountain lion exhibits in the world—at Oakland Zoo’s upcoming California Trail expansion, open to the public this June.
Cultural leaders, elders and members of the Blackfeet Nation (of the Blackfeet Native American Reservation in Browning, Montana) gathered ceremoniously yesterday in transferring 14 of their newly restored bison herd onto a truck headed to Oakland Zoo as part of the Zoo’s ‘California Trail’ expansion.
A pair of gray wolves have settled into their habitat at Oakland Zoo’s California Trail. The two wolves, Sequoia and Siskiyou, arrived in late December; however, due to the nature of wolves being very skittish and shy, zookeepers allowed them to adapt to their new home slowly. In an effort to get the wolves used to people watchers, zookeepers have been conducting “Wolf Acclimation Sessions” for the past month.
The first animal arrivals of Oakland Zoo’s upcoming California Trail, a mother Black bear and her three cubs rescued last summer, have been successfully introduced to their newly-built, 1.5-acre habitat at the Zoo’s new California Trail expansion, opening to the public in June 2018.
Oakland Zoo’s governing organization, the East Bay Zoological Society, is now renamed the Conservation Society of California and is 'Taking Action For Wildlife.'
In just over one month, three separate orphaned mountain lion cubs have been rescued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and have found sanctuary at Oakland Zoo. The most recent and also youngest, arrived the night of December 23 in severe critical condition, even more so than the first two cubs.
The holidays were a hit for the animals at Oakland Zoo this month, with gifts for the animals pouring in from the public (through an Amazon Wishlist put together by zookeepers) and also surplus Christmas trees gifted from local Christmas tree farms as enrichment.
The ‘king and queen’ have arrived, maybe by name only, but we are happy to welcome our two new Crowned Lemurs to Oakland Zoo!
Two orphaned mountain lion cubs have been taken in by Oakland Zoo in coordination with the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Feline Conservation Center, both found in Orange County.
Cultural Leaders and Elder of the Blackfeet Nation Reservation speak about the Iinnii Initiative, restoring the American Bison to Blackfeet Nation’s tribal lands and to Oakland Zoo’s California Trail Expansion.
At 28 years of age, Tiki reached 95 in ‘equivalent giraffe years;’ her impact on researchers’ understanding of giraffe behavior and intelligence, and on both her own zookeepers and those around the world, is tremendous.
Two young male zebras join Oakland Zoo from Safari West, the move took place before the recent North Bay Fires.
Oakland Zoo has raised over $126,000 for animals in the wild in the past year through ‘Quarters for Conservation,’ an ongoing program where 25¢ of every ticket sold is designated for the Zoo’s conservation partners worldwide. The contribution total is a 20% increase over last year’s efforts.
A new species, called Agouti, has arrived at Oakland Zoo and is now on exhibit in the Zoo’s expansive, recently opened rainforest aviary habitat. The new Agouti cohabitate with macaws and currasow (bird species) inside their 219,000 square cubic foot exhibit, as these three species naturally share the same environment in the wild.
Oakland Zoo announces the arrival of a new baby baboon, Kito, a male born the morning of September 2, 2017. This marks the eighth baboon birth in four years, bringing the troop’s total to sixteen and officially one of the largest baboon troops at a U.S. Zoo.
Hosted at the Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Healthy Living Festival is the largest free health resource fair for seniors in the county.
Tadpoles were emergency-airlifted to Oakland Zoo to be raised and released back into their natal lakes as healthy adult frogs in hopes of restoring their dwindling populations in the wild.
The launch of the new California Trail, an $80 million expansion project that will double the size of Oakland Zoo, heralds an exciting new commitment by the Oakland Zoo to enrich the lives of people and wildlife in the Bay Area by connecting people with nature through its extensive public engagement, education and wildlife conservation efforts.
A female black bear and her three cubs were transferred to Oakland Zoo from the care of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Wildlife Investigations Lab on Tuesday.
Oakland Zoo’s 25th Annual ‘Walk in the Wild’ premier event to benefit animals and education takes place on June 24, 2016, from 5:30pm – 10:00pm.
Oakland Zoo’s highly anticipated aerial gondola and hilltop restaurant, The Landing Cafe, are opening to the public on June 5, 2017, with special Member Preview days on June 3 and 4.
Oakland Zoo is proud to announce 21 years of taking action for elephants with our annual Celebrating Elephants events on May 20 and 27. Both events are designed to increase awareness about elephants while offering guests rare and fun experiences around elephants that take place only at these events.
For the second consecutive year, Oakland Zoo, the Golden Gate Audubon Society (GGAS) and International Bird Rescue (Bird Rescue) have teamed up to save fledgling Black-Crowned Night Herons and Snowy Egrets fallen from their nest trees onto the busy streets of Downtown Oakland.
On Saturday, April 15, 2017, Oakland Zoo is hosting one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the East Bay.
Oakland Zoo has unveiled a brand-new aviary exhibit designed to encourage species-specific, natural behaviors in the birds housed within. The exhibit took several months to design and build, with architects and zookeepers consulting extensively with field experts in avian behavior and physiology.
A baby wallaroo is being raised by zookeepers at Oakland Zoo after the infant’s mother passed away earlier this month from an infection.
On March 7, 2017 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series welcomes the public to attend a special screening of six short films focused on critical conservation issues facing sun bears, red wolves, mangroves and more.
The Oakland Zoo is doubling its size with a huge $80 million expansion project that will include an impressive gondola system.
On the ridge of Knowland Park overlooking five counties and the sparkling waters of the bay, the Oakland Zoo’s expensive and contentious expansion is beginning to take shape.
On Wednesday, February 8 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Oakland Zoo’s ‘Conservation Speaker Series’ welcomes the public to attend a presentation by Ewaso Lions.
SSA will introduce fresh local food offerings as well as new and exciting shopping concepts when the contract starts in February.
On September 1, 2016, five newborn raccoons were brought to WildCare by a man who unknowingly transported them from Fort Meyers, Florida to Stinson Beach, California inside the back of his moving truck.
Which brings us to the Oakland Zoo, where construction crews have started work on its <a href="http://www.californiatrail.org/">California Trail</a> project. The exhibit will feature the state’s iconic critters from big cats to condors, and the centerpiece will be a three-acre grizzly “habitat”.
The Oakland Zoo will open a unique new gondola serving a 56-acre expansion called California Trail, enabling the zoo’s 750,000 annual visitors to enjoy two distinct complexes less than four minutes apart.