Oakland Zoo trading cards are a great way to take home your favorite animals. Look for our helpful Docent volunteers during your next visit to collect your cards and learn fun, interesting facts. Visit this page to find out which cards are available and more amazing, animal information.
See which cards are available below:
Gray Wolf (1 of 100)
Wolves are the largest members of the dog family, or Canidae, which also includes foxes, coyotes, domestic dogs, and more.
These misunderstood animals have been portrayed as "big-bad" predators, and because of this have been eradicated in many parts of the world. Working with ranchers to co-exist with wolves can help shed their negative image. Help educate others about the true nature of wolves. Learn how Oakland Zoo is Taking Action for Wolves here.
These tortoises are native to the Aldabra atoll off the eastern coast of Africa. An atoll is a ring-shaped island formed of coral.
These tortoises face a similar threat that our California native Western Pond Turtles face: introduced species. Animals that are not native can compete with those that are native by taking their resources like food and habitat. Make sure to always find a proper home pets you are unable to care for and never release them into the wild. Learn how Oakland Zoo is Taking Action for Native CA Reptiles here.
African Elephant (3 of 100)
An elephant trunk has around 40,000 muscles in it. A human has around 600 total in their entire body!
Hornbills are the only birds in which their first two neck bones are fused together to support the weight of their large beak
These birds require trees to create their unique nests and often prefer hardwood. Deforestation is a major problem and results in habitat loss for them. Offering supplemental nest boxes and protecting their forest home is crucial for these birds. Learn how Oakland Zoo is Taking Action for Hornbills here.
Grizzly Bear (5 of 100)
Though the Grizzly bear is featured on the California state flag, these bears have been seen in the state since the early 1900's.
As populations increase, we come into closer proximity of Grizzly bears and especially with Black bears in California. These encounters can often be bad for the bears who are considered nuisance bears and sometimes relocated or even killed. Properly storing your food and picking up trash can help reduce these bear encounters. Learn how Oakland Zoo is Taking Action for Bears here.
Meerkat (6 of 100)
Meerkats are bold hunters and will go after venomous animals like scorpions. They can remove the stinger without getting hurt and have some immunity to the venom.
Though their appearance and behavior can be perceived as "cute," these animals are indeed wild and would make poor pets. These carnivores natural behavior is to be aggressive and are better observed than to be handled. When choosing a pet make sure to do proper research and never keep wild animals as pets. Learn how Oakland Zoo is Taking Action to end the Exotic Pet Trade here.
Ring-tailed Lemur (7 of 100)
Males lemurs get into "stink fights" to claim territory by rubbing their scent glands on their tails and flicking the foul smell towards their opponent.
The forests that lemurs use and live in are shrinking as human populations grow on the island of Madagascar. Deforestation and habitat loss continue as people harvest wood for charcoal. Purchasing sustainable wood-based items or up-cycled, re-purposed wood items help save the lemurs habitat. Learn how Oakland Zoo is Taking Action for Lemurs here.
Tiger (8 of 100)
Our tigers at the zoo are considered "generic" because they are rescued, illegal pets and it is unknown what subspecies they originate from since they were likely offspring of different tiger subspecies.
While tiger numbers are declining in the wild, their numbers are rising due to the illegal pet trade and unregulated traveling animals shows or circuses. By not visiting and supporting traveling shows that feature animals, you will reduce the demand for wild animals in entertainment. Learn how Oakland Zoo is Taking Action for Tigers here.
Mountain Lion (9 of 100)
Mountain lions are a cat of many names including puma, cougar, & many more! These animals have the widest range of any land animal in the New World as far north as the Yukon Territory in Canada to the southern Andes.
As mountain lion habitat is increasingly fragmented, more sightings and encounters are likely. These cats are being killed more often by cars and depredation permits (issued when livestock or pets are attacked). Make sure to keep your pets safe by bringing them in at night or by giving them secure enclosures outdoors. Learn how Oakland Zoo is Taking Action for Mountain Lions here.
Great Curassow (10 of 100)
Males and female great curassow differ in appearance. The male is pictured on this trading card, but females are brown with striped black and white bars on their head and crest.
These toothy reptiles can go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime. An alligators bite is so strong that teeth often break off, but unlike humans who go through 2 sets of teeth, alligator teeth will continue to replace each time they lose one.
Chimpanzees are creative tool makers. They use rocks as hammers, twigs as insect collectors, and chewed-up wads of leaves as sponges to absorb water from crevices and even from their wet hair.
Funds from purchasing Kibale Beads from Oakland Zoo’s gift shop or ‘Beads For Chimps’ station go directly to our Budongo Snare Removal Project in Uganda, helping chimpanzees in the wild. When traveling, buy sustainable, locally made goods to benefit the wildlife and community through ecotourism. Learn how Oakland Zoo is Taking Action for Chimpanzee here.
Reticulated Giraffe (13 of 100)
Giraffe are gentle giants that have many special adaptations to reach food in high places. In addition to their long neck, they have an 18 inch prehensile tongue with wrap around branches and pull off leaves.
Our conservation partner, the Reticulated Giraffe Project, gathers data and research about these animals to help influence the way these declining mammals are managed in the wild. You can help support this partner by participating in special event giraffe feedings where all proceeds from ticket sales go help fun their work. Learn how Oakland Zoo is Taking Action for Giraffe here.
American Bison (14 of 100)
American Bison, often called buffalo, are the largest land mammal in the New World (North, Central, and South America). Male bison can weigh over a ton and run up to 35 mph!
Bison once dominated the grassland and prairie ecosystems of the United States. It is estimated that at least 30 million bison roamed the land, but by 1900, only around a thousand bison were left due to overhunting. Today, Oakland Zoo works with the Blackfeet Nation People through the Iinnii Initiative to breed and return bison back to their native land. Learn how Oakland Zoo is Taking Action for Bison here.