The Tropical Rainforest region is home to animals including chimpanzees, white-handed gibbons, siamangs, cotton-topped tamarins, and squirrel monkeys. See several species of bird and reptiles, and our majestic tiger habitat complete with pond and waterfall.
Ever wonder why some of the enclosures have a river of water around them? Or, why the blue and gold macaws don't fly away? Some species, like our white-handed gibbons and siamangs, are not great swimmers. In the wild, they avoid crossing streams and rivers. In an effort to create the most natural space possible and keep them safe, the Oakland Zoo opted for a river instead of glass windows. It’s easier for you to view them, and it’s more natural for our animals. As for the macaws, we have taught them that spending time on their ever-changing cluster of trees is rewarding and safe. Because of this, we do not need to trim their wing feathers. The keepers join the macaws in their habitat multiple times throughout the day and offer them snacks, novel things to chew on, positive opportunities to interact, and other enrichment that makes their exhibit exciting all day long!
Find out what’s on the stage of the Clorox Wildlife Theater! You may find a live animal encounter, Zoo Trivia hosted by our Teen Wild Guides, or a fun family performance to sit and enjoy.