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Male American Bison with Unique Genetics Join Oakland Zoo’s Pablo Allard Herd

Oakland Zoo
   
July 18, 2019

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.

UPDATE -- Gray Wolf Pups Thriving; Reach Six Week Milestone at Oakland Zoo!

Oakland Zoo
   
June 25, 2019

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.

Gibbons Are Back in Town! Oakland Zoo Welcomes New White-handed Gibbon “Couple”

Oakland Zoo
   
June 14, 2019

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.

Home Again & Free-Ranging: Oakland Zoo’s American Bison Return to Blackfeet Reservation in Montana

Oakland Zoo
   
May 28, 2019

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.

An Official Wolf Pack: Hopeful Breeding Pair Successfully Delivers Four Pups at Oakland Zoo!

Oakland Zoo
   
May 16, 2019

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 Welcomes New Companion for Lonely Tamarin, Electra

Oakland Zoo
   
May 7, 2019

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. 

Oakland Zoo Achieves Esteemed AZA Accreditation

Oakland Zoo
   
April 15, 2019

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 Celebrates 21st Annual Earth Day Event

Oakland Zoo
   
March 26, 2019

Oakland Zoo’s 21st annual Earth Day festivities include dozens of onsite eco-friendly organizations and a conservation action, ‘Planting for Pollinators’.

Orphaned Mountain Lion Cubs from Half Moon Bay Receiving Treatment at Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo
   
February 20, 2019

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.

Ale Industries to Launch Oakland Zoo Brew Benefiting Bay Area Mountain Lions

Oakland Zoo
   
January 30, 2019

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, Oakland Zoo's Gibbon Recently Moved to Santa Barbara Zoo to Join "Blended Family", Died of Unexpected Causes this Past Sunday

Santa Barbara & Oakland Zoo
   
December 18, 2018

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.

New Baby Baboon Kicks Off Third Generation at Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo
   
December 4, 2018

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.

Oakland Zoo Bids Bittersweet Farewell to Nikko the Gibbon, to Create ‘Blended’ Family at Santa Barbara Zoo

Oakland Zoo
   
November 20, 2018

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.

All-New Attractions at Oakland Zoo’s ZooLights this Holiday Season

Oakland Zoo
   
November 16, 2018

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.

Leftover Halloween Pumpkins Repurposed for Oakland Zoo Animals

Oakland Zoo
   
November 7, 2018

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 Raises Record-Breaking $332,000 for Wildlife Conservation

Oakland Zoo
   
October 30, 2018

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.

Two Newly Orphaned Mountain Lion Cubs Receiving TLC at Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo
   
October 22, 2018

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.

Oakland Seniors Commemorating 15 Years of the Healthy Living Festival

Oakland Zoo
   
September 12, 2018

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.

Oakland Zoo Unveils Long-Awaited 56-Acre California Trail Expansion

Oakland Zoo
   
June 20, 2018

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.

Trio of Rescued Mountain Lion Cubs Now a Family at Home at Oakland Zoo’s Upcoming California Trail

Oakland Zoo
   
April 26, 2018

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.

Fourteen Iconic Bison from ‘Pablo Allard’ Historic Herd Brought to Oakland Zoo’s California Trail by Blackfeet Nation of Montana

Oakland Zoo
   
April 11, 2018

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.

Zookeepers Help Acclimate Gray Wolves to New Habitat at Oakland Zoo’s California Trail

Oakland Zoo
   
April 4, 2018

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.

New Habitat Completed for Rescued Black Bears at Oakland Zoo’s Upcoming California Trail

Oakland Zoo
   
January 25, 2018

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 Rebrands to Better Demonstrate Conservation Purpose

Oakland Zoo
   
January 22, 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.'

Third Mountain Lion Cub, Found Near-Death, Rescued and Finds Home at Oakland Zoo’s California Trail

Oakland Zoo
   
January 9, 2018

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.

Holiday Gifts and Leftover Christmas Trees for Oakland Zoo Animals

Oakland Zoo
   
December 29, 2017

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.

New Lemurs Make their Home at Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo
   
December 20, 2017

The ‘king and queen’ have arrived, maybe by name only, but we are happy to welcome our two new Crowned Lemurs to Oakland Zoo!

Orphaned Mountain Lion Cubs Taken in by Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo
   
December 13, 2017

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.

National Bison Day with Oakland Zoo, Blackfeet Nation and Wildlife Conservation Society in Joint Bison Restoration Project

Oakland Zoo
   
December 1, 2017

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.

Oakland Zoo Mourns Loss of Beloved Tiki, Likely the Most Well-Known Giraffe in Captivity

Oakland Zoo
   
November 17, 2017

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.

Oakland Zoo Acquires Zebras from Safari West

Oakland Zoo
   
November 1, 2017

Two young male zebras join Oakland Zoo from Safari West, the move took place before the recent North Bay Fires.

Action for Wildlife: Oakland Zoo Raises $126,000 for Conservation Organizations

Oakland Zoo
   
October 23, 2017

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.

Oakland Zoo Acquires Three “R.O.U.S.” Rodents of Unusual Size

Oakland Zoo
   
October 9, 2017

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.

New Baby Welcomed by Baboon Troop, Grows to Sixteen at Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo
   
September 27, 2017

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.

Healthy Living Festival Urges Seniors to Call on Congress

Oakland Zoo
   
September 21, 2017

Hosted at the Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Healthy Living Festival is the largest free health resource fair for seniors in the county.

Oakland Zoo & National Parks Service Release Critically Endangered Frogs to Bolster Wild Populations

Oakland Zoo
   
August 30, 2017

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.

Oakland Zoo Expansion Benefits Entire Region

Erin Harrison
   
July 3, 2017

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.

Four Black Bears Transferred to Oakland Zoo Under Unique Circumstances

Erin Harrison, Jordan Traverso
   
June 15, 2017

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 Presents 25th Annual Walk in the Wild: An Epicurean Escapade

Erin Harrison
   
June 11, 2017

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.

Aerial Gondola and Hilltop Restaurant Opening at Oakland Zoo’s Monumental California Trail Expansion

Erin Harrison
   
June 10, 2017

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’s “Celebrating Elephants” Evening Gala and Day Event to Benefit Elephants in Africa, Sponsored by The Oakland A’s

Oakland Zoo
   
May 16, 2017

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.

Oakland Zoo, Golden Gate Audubon, and International Bird Rescue Team Up to Save Wild Baby Herons in Downtown Oakland

Oakland Zoo
   
April 18, 2017

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.

Oakland Zoo Hosts One of the Largest Earth Day Events in the East Bay

Oakland Zoo
   
April 15, 2017

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, Oakland Zoo is hosting one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the East Bay.

Oakland Zoo Unveils New “Progressive Design” Aviary Exhibit

Oakland Zoo
   
March 22, 2017

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.

Baby Wallaroo Cared for by Zookeepers After Mother’s Passing

Oakland Zoo
   
March 15, 2017

A baby wallaroo is being raised by zookeepers at Oakland Zoo after the infant’s mother passed away earlier this month from an infection.

Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series Presents Jackson Hole Film Festival Favorites

Oakland Zoo
   
March 7, 2017

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.

Oakland Zoo’s New Aerial Gondola System Takes Shape

CBS SF Bay Area
   
February 24, 2017

The Oakland Zoo is doubling its size with a huge $80 million expansion project that will include an impressive gondola system.

California Trail Exhibit Taking Shape at Oakland Zoo

San Francisco Chronicle
   
February 23, 2017

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.

Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series Presents Ewaso Lions

Oakland Zoo
   
February 8, 2017

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.

Oakland Zoo Partners with Service Systems Associates For Quality Guest Retail and Culinary Experience

Oakland Zoo
   
February 1, 2017

SSA will introduce fresh local food offerings as well as new and exciting shopping concepts when the contract starts in February.

Oakland Zoo and WildCare Partner to Save Wild Newborn Raccoons Accidentally Transported in Moving Truck From Florida to San Francisco

Oakland Zoo
   
December 1, 2016

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.

Move to Return Grizzly Bears to California Will Be an Uphill Push

KQED Science
   
May 2, 2016

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”.

Innovative Gondola Coming to Oakland Zoo’s California Trail

Lift Blog
   
February 25, 2016

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.