If you are planning to visit the Zoo on a specific date and your membership has lapsed, we recommend purchasing General Admission tickets and after your visit, upgrading to a membership. Membership purchases are non-refundable.
We recommend purchasing General Admission tickets, then upgrading to a membership during your visit. Be sure to visit the Main Entrance Membership window before 4 pm to request your upgrade.
We are excited to offer Bay Area families a safe place for recreation and education. It’s our continuing priority to protect the health and safety of our guests, staff, and animals; we currently follow these COVID-19 safety protocols as outlined below.
Please remember that we continue to operate with a daily limited capacity, so member reservations or tickets may not always be available for your preferred day or time.
Please review the following information before you make reservations or purchase tickets for your visit.
From Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, members are required to reserve timed tickets for entry between 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Members can enter 9:00 am-10:00 am (Member Early Entry) or after 2:00 pm 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 parking pass. 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.
See additional information in the FAQ section below »
Masks are strongly recommended for indoor spaces (including indoor exhibits, the gift shop, restaurants, and restrooms) by all individuals ages 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status. We also recommend wearing a mask outdoors when adequate distancing may not be possible.
Snacks, entrees, beverages, and water are available for purchase.
The Landing Café, Tuskers Grill, Safari Cafe, and Savanna's Edge are open.
Drinking fountains are closed; however, water filling stations are open at the Main Entrance, California Trail and the Children's Zoo.
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.
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.
General admission guests must reserve a ticket for a specific date and entry time in advance of your visit. Members must make a reservation for entry between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Before you make a reservation or purchase a ticket, please read the guidelines above.
Reserve a date and daytime entry time to visit between 10am and 2pm. Capacity is limited.
From Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend, members can enter 9am-10am (Member Early Entry) or after 2pm without a reservation.
Friends of the Wild can visit without reservations.
Reserve a date and daytime entry time, buy tickets, and pay for parking online. Capacity is limited.