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.

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.

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

Due to Safety Guidelines, Capacity is Limited

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.

Have Questions?

Many common questions are answered in the FAQs on this page, and thank you in advance for following these protocols outlined below.

What to Expect When You Visit

Current Protocols for Visiting Oakland Zoo

Please review the following information before you make reservations or purchase tickets for your visit.

Member reservations and ticket purchases are required in advance.

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.

Review face mask rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests.

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.

Enjoy refreshments and dining.

Snacks, entrees, beverages, and water are available for purchase.

  • The Landing Café, Tuskers Grill, Safari Cafe, and Savanna's Edge are open.

  • Tuskers Grill & The Landing Café accept online orders for takeout food and beverages, making it easy to plan ahead.

  • Drinking fountains are closed; however, water filling stations are open at the Main Entrance, California Trail and the Children's Zoo.

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.

  • 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.

Advanced Member Reservations and Ticket Purchase Required

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.

Ticket Reservations


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.

General Admission for Nonmembers

Reserve a date and daytime entry time, buy tickets, and pay for parking online. Capacity is limited.


Do I have to wear a mask at the Zoo?

Do I need to bring proof of vaccination to the Zoo?

My child is not vaccinated, but the rest of our group is. Does he/she still have to wear a mask?

I am unvaccinated. Am I still able to visit the Zoo?

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?

Do Friends of the Wild require advance reservations?

How do I join Friends of the Wild?

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 many tickets can I purchase or reserve at one time?

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

Do you offer military or veteran discounts?

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?

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

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

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?

How will Oakland Zoo make decisions regarding COVID-19?

What is happening with educational programming (Zoo Camp, school trips, etc.)?

What is happening with overnight experiences?