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Inside the Oakland Zoo

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The Oakland Zoo has been a feature around the East Bay city since the early 1900’s and it eventually made itself a home at Knowland Park in the late 1930’s.

According to the visitors guide, the park has grown to 500-acres, cares for more than 660 native and exotic animals and serves more than 730,000 visitors each year.

The following list examines some tips on what a visitor sees inside the Oakland Zoo in addition to the great education and group programs, the live animal exhibits, and the multiple conservation efforts.

The insider tips look at some of the exceptional fun that can be had within the park.

Oakland Zoo Sky Ride
Oakland Zoo Sky Ride Christina Rivas-Louie

Oakland Zoo Sky Ride

The Sky Ride provides an aerial view of the Oakland Zoo as it travels on a cable from the starting base, and like a chair lift, peaks at the top of one of the zoo’s landscaped hills. The twenty-minute round-trip ride goes high enough to see the surrounding bay and city building off in the distance. Multiple animal habitats can be seen while riders are on the Sky Ride. Upon entering the zoo, turn right past the Flamingo Plaza exhibit and the Sky Ride will be on the right.

Pressed Penny souvenirs
Pressed Penny souvenirs Christina Rivas-Louie

Pressed Penny souvenirs

Pressed penny machines are plentiful at the Oakland Zoo and the machines are easily located outside of most exhibits, eateries, and shops. Each souvenir making machine offers a selection of Oakland Zoo images that can be pressed into as many pennies as wanted such as a tiger, elephant, giraffe and more. The cost of the pressed penny souvenir is two quarters and one penny for each souvenir.

House of Reptiles
House of Reptiles Christina Rivas-Louie

House of Reptiles

The first thing that makes an impression at the House of Reptiles and Amphibians at the Oakland Zoo is the entrance and exit doors which are scaled tall enough for adults and small enough for children sizes. The circular exhibit displays colorful creatures and is complimented by a lengthy wood bench that sits along the front windows of the building. If the weather is chilly outside, the temperature inside the exhibit is comfortably warmer.

Zoo Meadow
Zoo Meadow Christina Rivas-Louie

Zoo Meadow

The Oakland Zoo Meadow is a grassy open field in between the Sun Bear habitat and the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children’s Zoo. A couple of picnic tables sit on one side of the meadow and provides a nice area for people to sit and enjoy snacks, refreshments and the lush scenery. Some visitors bring a blanket to place on the grass and sit upon while other people can be seen walking or running back and forth across the open field.

Oakland Zoo
Oakland Zoo Christina Rivas-Louie

Oakland Zoo

The Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road in Oakland, Calif. Admission is free for children under 2 and adults 80 and older, admission for children ages 3-14 and seniors 65-79 is $11.75, adult admission is $15.75.

The zoo operating hours are 10:00am-4:00pm daily except for Thanksgiving day, Christmas day, and Walk in the Wild day. Parking is $8.00.

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