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. General admission guests must reserve a ticket for a specific date and entry time in advance of your visit. Members wishing to enter between 10:00 am–2:00 pm must make a reservation. We look forward to your visit!
The Zoo is occasionally closed for holidays, private events, or maintenance or refurbishment. Certain animal habitats, pathways, or attractions may be closed on a given day for maintenance or refurbishment.
We continue to operate with a daily limited capacity, so reservations may not always be available for your preferred day or time. Find answers to common questions about visiting the Zoo.
Before you make a reservation, please read about our health and safety protocols. It’s our priority to protect the health and safety of our guests, staff, and animals.
Our Measure Y commitment to Oaklanders includes a 25% admission discount to Oakland city residents, beginning February 8, 2023.
Reserve a date and daytime entry time to visit between 10am and 2pm. Capacity is limited. Members can visit after 2pm without a reservation.
Friends of the Wild can visit without reservations.
Reserve a date and daytime entry time, buy regular and discount tickets, and pay for parking online. Capacity is limited.
Yes! Oakland residents, please enjoy a 25% discount on admission, made possible by Measure Y. Thank you for your support!
To receive this discount, use the “Reserve and Buy Tickets” button under General Admission for Nonmembers on our Tickets page and select Oakland Resident Discount Tickets.
At entry, you will need to present both your tickets and verification of your home address. Verification documents need to show your name and an Oakland address; examples include driver’s license, utility bill, other bill, shipping label/packing slip, etc. Additional details and restrictions are listed on the webstore.
There is no Oakland Resident Discount on memberships or special events.
Yes! We are proud to be a part of Museums for All, which provides deeply discounted admission tickets to guests who utilize SNAP benefits. Qualifying individuals can reserve up to two adult, two senior, and four child daytime admission tickets at $0 per ticket.
Please note, at this time Oakland Zoo Museums for All tickets are only available to individuals utilizing SNAP benefits. Oakland Zoo Museums for All tickets are not available to guests receiving Medicaid or Medicare, WIC benefits, or children who received P-EBT cards. We understand this may be different from other local organizations that participate in Museums for All or have their own unique access programs for low income individuals.
For the smoothest entry experience, select the General Admission for Non-Members button above to visit our online ticket webstore and make a reservation. You’ll see Museums for All tickets listed as an option at the top or on the lefthand side. Please note, there is a $2.00 transaction fee for all online reservations.
If admission tickets are not sold out for the day, Museums for All tickets are available at entry without the $2 transaction fee. Same day ticket availability varies widely and by day of the week/time, so please always call ahead, (510)-632-9525 x100, to confirm if tickets will be available at entry.
At entry, you will need to present your EBT / SNAP card and a matching ID – whether you have made an online reservation or are reserving tickets at the Zoo.
Please note, our Museums for All program offers free admission for regular daytime operating hours and does not include benefits for special events, like Glowfari.
Yes! Teachers* receive $4 off regular-priced daytime admission tickets to the Zoo, year-round. Teachers from any U.S. region are eligible, and tickets must be reserved online through our website. Just select the “Teacher Discount” button when purchasing your ticket online, and this discount can also be applied to one personal guest per teacher, per visit, during your purchase transaction.
*Teachers of TK-12 students, only. Teachers can be from any U.S. state or region, and must present proof of current employment (e.g., teacher staff ID card, verification from school administrator on official letterhead, recent paystub)
Zoo hours change seasonally. For current hours, please visit our Hours and Pricing page.
You can reserve a ticket on this page. Zoo members still receive free admission but must reserve an online ticket in advance to enter between 10am and 2pm (please have your member number and the last name of the Primary Member ready). Currently members can visit after 2pm without a reservation. Friends of the Wild are not required to make advance reservations to visit Oakland Zoo for daytime admission.
Admission tickets are nonrefundable.
Friends of the Wild or their guests are not required to make reservations to visit the Zoo during regular daytime hours. This exclusive access does not apply to our annual fundraiser, Walk in the Wild, or other ticketed events such as Glowfari or Brunch for the Wild Bunch. Please note, the maximum number of guests that can visit the Zoo per day using your Friends of the Wild membership is four adults and four children.
Visit www.oaklandzoo.org/fow to learn more and to join. Annual donations totaling $1,000 or more will allow you to enjoy exclusive Friends of the Wild benefits, such as free transferable daytime admission for any four adults and four children with no reservations required and free parking. Other ways to give can be found at www.oaklandzoo.org/donate.
Friends of the Wild membership cards are sent digitally and should be received by email from “Oakland Zoo” within 2-3 weeks of making a qualifying donation, depending on how the gift was made. For online donations, you will receive a confirmation email at the time of your gift. This will show that you have donated at the Friends of the Wild level and are therefore entitled to use the benefits immediately. When a donation confirmation or digital card email has not been received, we recommend checking the spam, junk, or promotions folders, as they sometimes get sent there.
As a Friends of the Wild member, with your permission, your guests may visit the Zoo in your absence without showing ID or needing reservations. However, please make sure your guests always bring proof of current Friends of the Wild membership, such as your membership card, a donation confirmation or Friends of the Wild welcome email as proof of current membership. This will allow the entrance staff to verify your membership status and record your guest(s) admission accurately. For all other questions about Friends of the Wild level memberships, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (510) 746-7158.
If you want to share your digital membership card with a guest, you can do so through the virtual wallet app. You may also send a screenshot of your digital card to your guest via text message. They can then present the picture with QR code to the cashier for entry. We kindly request that Friends of the Wild keep track of who is using their membership and when, since free daytime admission is limited to any four adults and four children per day. More helpful tips on digital cards, including how to share, can be found here.
Our current ticketing policy allows guests to enter up to 1 hour before their ticket time and any time after their reserved time on the same day.
Please fill out this form to submit details and a description of your lost item to Lost and Found Services.
Members may reserve the number of adult/child tickets that corresponds to their membership level. For General Admission tickets, you can reserve up to 30 tickets in a single webstore order. If you are planning a trip to the zoo for a school or non-profit organization with 12 or more participants, consider making a group reservation to receive a discount.
Attendance is currently limited, so please be aware that you may not be able to secure your first choice of date and time. Daytime admission tickets go on sale 28 days (four weeks) in advance on a rolling basis.
Yes! In honor of their service, Oakland Zoo is pleased to offer active-duty military personnel, spouses of active-duty military personnel, and veterans a discount on daytime admission.
To receive this discount, use the “Reserve and Buy Tickets” button under General Admission for Nonmembers on our Tickets page and select Military & Veteran Discount Tickets. Proof of active duty or veteran status required at entry, see the webstore for additional details and restrictions.
There is no Military/Veteran discount on memberships or special events.
Discount admission is available for qualifying groups of 12 or more individuals when a reservation is made at least 2 weeks in advance. Restrictions apply. Visit our School and Community Group Reservations page from more details.
Yes. If you are planning to visit the Zoo on a specific date, we recommend purchasing General Admission tickets, then upgrading to a membership during your visit. Be sure to visit the Main Entrance Membership windows before closing (see Zoo hours) to request your upgrade. If you visited the zoo within the last 7 days and did not upgrade during your visit, please use this form to submit your upgrade request. Terms & conditions apply.
If you are a current member and would like to upgrade to a higher membership level, please email email@example.com with the details of your request.
A confirmation email with tickets attached is sent automatically when a reservation is completed online. Some email providers will filter the confirmation into a spam or junk folder. Please search for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your search does not work, please send a request to resend your tickets to email@example.com. Be sure to provide your name, Order Number, and the date and time of your purchase. These details will help us find your reservation.
Your membership number is 12 digits long and starts with 501. You can find this number on the following:
A Pass Validation error means the number entered is not found in our database. If you’ve been using copy/paste to enter your membership number, try typing the 12 digit number instead.
Some members have found that copy/paste is adding a space at the end of the 12 digits, which causes the error. If manually typing the number doesn’t work or you do not have a 12 digit number starting with 501, please contact the Membership Department to confirm your membership number (firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-632-9525 x160.)
For Individual – Family Deluxe level memberships, digital cards are typically distributed 2-4 weeks after purchase. This digital card will be sent via email for your smartphone wallet.
In the meantime, you can use a Temporary Pass PDF from an online confirmation email or a copy of any email from email@example.com that includes your membership details to verify your membership status at entry.
Our commitment is to provide members with twelve months of benefits, which includes year-round access to the Zoo.
For Individual – Family Deluxe level members, we are providing generous membership extensions as a reflection of our gratitude for our members’ loyalty. These extensions were processed automatically for all memberships expiring December 31, 2020 or later. Our standing policy is that memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable.
In the event the Zoo closes due to weather, you will receive an email advising you of the closure. You do not need to contact us to cancel or refund your reservation(s). We will automatically process a refund to your original form of payment. If you would like reschedule, please visit our website to make a new reservation (subject to availability).
If you received a guest pass after August 1, 2021 please follow the instructions printed on the pass to redeem. If you received a pass before July 30, 2021, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you guest pass is eligible for redemption.
Please contact email@example.com for more information on how to utilize your Groupon.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to utilize your Zoo to Community family voucher.
Yes! Oakland Zoo participates in the AZA reciprocal membership program, giving 50% off daytime admission to members of partner organizations including San Francisco Zoo, Happy Hollow Zoo, CuriOdessey, and Lindsay Wildlife Experience. For a full list of partners, please see our Reciprocity List.
To receive the discount, use the “Reserve and Buy Tickets” button under General Admission for Nonmembers on our Tickets page and select Reciprocal Member Tickets. Proof of active membership at your home zoo/aquarium required at entry, see the webstore for additional details and restrictions.
There are no reciprocal benefits for Oakland Zoo memberships or special events.