Unfortunately, due to air quality concerns and potential weather conditions, Oakland Zoo is closed on August 24.

If you are not a member and have unused tickets for August 24th, please email tickets@oaklandzoo.org to have your tickets re-issued for a new date to visit us. Reservation dates are available up to 30 days from today.

Members, simply scroll down to rebook your reservation for a new date.

Please accept our sincere apologies, and thank you for supporting Oakland Zoo.

Oakland Zoo is excited and eager to offer Bay Area families a safe place for outdoor recreation and education. In compliance with the Alameda County Public Health Department—to protect the health and safety of our guests, staff, and animals—we have implemented new safety protocols. Please remember, in order to remain open, the Zoo and our guests must comply with the protocols set by Alameda County Public Health Department. Thank you in advance for following the protocols outlined below.

Current Protocols for Visiting Oakland Zoo

Did You Have a Reservation During our December-January Closure?

Due to Safety Guidelines, Capacity is Limited

Have Questions?

What to Expect When You Visit

Please review the following information before your visit.

General admission reservations required in advance.

Members can visit without a reservation.

Friends of the Wild do not need to make advanced reservations for daytime admission and can visit at any time during normal business hours.

For current Zoo Hours, including when the entrance closes and when the Zoo is cleared, please visit our Hours & Pricing page.

  • Before you leave home, print your tickets and your parking pass (If you purchased General Admission parking). Oakland Zoo members do not need to reserve parking in advance. Be ready to present them at the Zoo entrance gate.

  • If you are unable to print your ticket and parking pass, download the PDF on your phone before you leave home as cell service is spotty at the zoo.

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Check out our guidelines for a great visit.

We want everyone's visit to Oakland Zoo to be an enjoyable experience. Please show courtesy and respect to fellow park guests as well as Zoo staff, volunteers, and animals. Aggressive or discriminatory behavior, vandalism, vulgarity, excessive rowdiness, throwing items in animal habitats, feeding and/or harassing our animals—and any other disrespectful behavior—will not be tolerated. This behavior will result in immediate ejection from the zoo without a refund on admission. Additionally:

  • Report any disturbance of the animals or facilities to Zoo Staff.

  • Items that may pose a health or safety threat to animal residents, disturb animal residents, or impact the guest experience for other visitors are not allowed inside the Zoo. Prohibited items include but are not limited to:
    * Single use plastic drinking straws
    * Toys with wheels, such as scooters, skateboards, bicycles, hoverboards, "wheelie" shoes, remote control cars
    * Objects that are thrown or fly, such as balloons, balls, frisbees, kites, or drones
    * Inflatables and sound systems

  • No personal decorations (streamers, signs, balloons, etc.) may be installed on Zoo property unless pre-approved by the Zoo.

  • No vendors, parties, or reserving spaces (including restaurant tables) allowed on-site unless pre-approved by the Zoo. Please note that, at this time, the Zoo is not hosting parties for the public.

  • Outside food and drink is allowed inside the Zoo but must be enjoyed outside of Zoo restaurants/dining areas. Plastic lids and straws are not allowed inside the Zoo.

  • Feeding wildlife including turkeys, squirrels, skunks and raccoons is prohibited.

  • Keep safely behind barriers and only in designated public areas.

  • No sitting or standing on railings or fences. No dangling items (or kids) over habitat barriers.

  • No smoking or vaping allowed.

  • Dogs or other pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds or in parking areas. Service dogs are allowed.


Why are advanced reservations required to visit Oakland Zoo with single day tickets?

What is Plan Ahead Pricing at Oakland Zoo?

Are prices shown on the website final or will they go down later?

If I need to purchase more tickets for the same date after my original purchase, will ticket prices be the same?

If I don’t have a smartphone or computer, can I still buy tickets ahead and save?

I live in Oakland, do I get a discount?

Do you offer discounts for individuals receiving SNAP benefits? Do you participate in Museums for All?

Do you offer teacher discounts?

What are the Zoo hours?

How do I reserve a ticket online?

What is the ticket refund policy? Can I change the date or time of my ticket?

How do I join Friends of the Wild?

When will I receive my Friend of the Wild membership card? How do I prove my donor status without my membership card?

My Friends of the Wild donor membership is transferable, do I need to accompany my guests to the Zoo?

How do I share my Friends of the Wild digital membership card?

I have tickets and am running late, will we be able to get in?

I lost something during my visit to the Zoo, how do I report a lost item?

How far in advance can I purchase or reserve a ticket?

Do you offer military or veteran discounts?

I'm organizing a field trip to the zoo - can we get a discount?

Can I upgrade from single day admission tickets to a membership?

I made a reservation for timed tickets, but didn’t receive a confirmation email. How do I get my tickets?

What is my membership number? I’m getting a Pass Validation error – what do I do?

When will I receive my membership cards? How do I prove my membership without my card?

Can I extend or get a refund on my membership?

The Zoo closed due to weather on the day I had reserved tickets. What do I do?

I have a guest pass. Can I redeem it?

I purchased a ticket with Groupon. Can I redeem it?

I have a Zoo to Community family voucher that expired. Can I redeem it?

I am a member at another zoo/aquarium, can I get 50% off admission tickets?