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  • Title: Wild Animals, Wildlife Conservation, Educational Programs, Science Field trips, Family Day Trips, Summer Camp, Bay Area CA | Oakland Zoo
    Descriptive info: .. Loading.. Home.. Zoo Info.. Animals.. Education & Programs.. Conservation.. News.. Support The Zoo.. Video, Cams & More.. Blog.. expand+.. Open Daily.. Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm.. Saturday, Sunday, *Holidays: 10:00am - 4:00pm.. Plan Your Visit.. Calendar of Events.. Become a Member.. slide show (home_page_welcome_slideShow.. php).. Featured Programs and Activities.. Facility Rentals.. ZooMobile.. Overnights.. Volunteer.. Birthdays.. Group Reservations.. Videos.. About Oakland Zoo.. Sun Bear Cam.. Condor Cam.. Latest News.. Oakland Zoo Set to Plug in ZooLights, an Annual Holiday Festival of Lights.. Oakland Zoo s Managing Director Honored at 22nd  ...   Zoo and Ventana Wildlife Society Install First Live-Streaming California Condor Webcam in the Wild.. Boo at the Zoo at Oakland Zoo.. Oakland Zoo Announces New Mob Members.. Primate Wise! A Benefit for the Chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest.. Donate.. Newsletter Signup.. Happening at the Zoo.. Girl Scout Workshop.. 12/1/2013.. ZooLights.. Winter ZooCamp Registration.. 12/2/2013.. 12/3/2013.. 12/4/2013.. Oakland Zoo.. | P.. O.. Box 5238 | 9777 Golf Links Road | Oakland, CA 94605 | (510) 632-9525 | 2007 - 2013, Oakland Zoo.. |.. login.. Website Developed by.. North American Analytics, Inc.. Site Map..

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  • Title: Oakland Zoo
    Descriptive info: Home >> Zoo Info >> Planning Your Visit >> General Info.. General Info.. Oakland Zoo is a non-profit organization, managed by the East Bay Zoological Society.. Founded in 1922 by Henry Snow, the Zoo has been located in its current Knowland Park location since 1936.. Nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Rd.. , Oakland off Highway 580, and is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals.. Hours.. Winter Hours: Starting September 3, 2013.. Zoo Hours:.. Monday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm.. Rides Area: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm / Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm.. *Saturday, June 21, 2014 the Zoo is closed to prepare for our annual fundraiser,.. Walk in the Wild.. The Zoo is also closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas  ...   and Restrictions.. page before visiting.. In the event of inclement weather, the Zoo may be forced to close.. Call (510) 632-9525 to reach the General Zoo Information line.. Zoo Contact Info.. For.. General Zoo Information.. : (510) 632-9525.. Information on Becoming a.. Zoo Member.. : (510) 632-9525 x152.. Information on.. Zoo Classes.. : (510) 632-9525 x200.. Media, Marketing, or Filming Requests: (510) 632-9525 x130.. Transportation and Lodging.. Using public transportation? Plan your trip using.. AC Tranist.. or.. 511 Trip Planner.. Not sure how to get here? Use Google Maps to get.. directions.. to Oakland Zoo.. Need a place to stay? Find a.. hotel.. near Oakland Zoo.. Planning Your Visit.. Admission.. Directions.. Dining at the Zoo.. Events at the Zoo.. Explore The Zoo.. Staff.. History & Future Planning.. Animal Care.. Employment.. East Bay Zoological Society.. Contact Us..

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  • Title: Wildlife Conservation, Educational Programs, Science Field trips, Family Day Trips, Kid's Activities, Birthday Parties, Admission Prices, Bay Area CA | Oakland Zoo
    Descriptive info: Home >> Zoo Info >> Planning Your Visit.. We are so glad that you are planning a trip to Oakland Zoo! The Zoo itself sits inside 525-acre Knowland Park and is home to more than 660 native and exotic.. animals.. There's a lot to.. see.. and.. do.. while you're here.. To make your time the most enjoyable it can be, please review the information below.. If you still have questions, please call us for more information at (510)632-9525.. Important Zoo Guidelines.. Dogs or other.. pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds or in parking areas.. Service dogs are the exception and are allowed to enter Zoo grounds.. Although some of our pathways are steep and may be challenging, Oakland Zoo is wheelchair and stroller accessible.. Strollers are available for rent at the Gift Shop, however we do not have wheelchairs for rent.. General Admission and Parking Fees.. Children Under 2 & adults 80+:.. Free.. Children ages 2-14 & Seniors 65-79:.. $11.. 75.. Adults 15-64:.. $15.. Parking:.. $8.. 00 per car / $12.. 00 per bus.. 25 cents from each admission helps.. conservation in the wild.. See our Admissions page for detailed admission prices or to find out about special discounts  ...   for the protection and safety of all the people and the animals.. Call (510) 632-9525 to reach the.. line.. Please note:.. Dogs or other pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds or in parking areas.. Service dogs are allowed to enter Zoo grounds.. The Oakland Zoo features a variety of dining opportunities for the entire family.. In addition to the food options inside the Zoo, visitors are welcome to use the picnic tables and benches, sprawl out in the meadow, or rent a.. Picnic Site.. For the safety of the animals, the Zoo does not provide straws or soft drink lids.. Our Next Event: ZooLights!.. Visit Oakland Zoo for our annual Holiday event, ZooLights!.. Stroll the Zoo and see hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights illuminating the night sky to create a twinkling tradition known to be the largest LED holiday light display in the entire Bay Area.. Custom Photo Books.. The Oakland Zoo now has a website where you can upload your own photos and create custom made photo books, calendars, and posters of your experience at the Zoo.. Check out our fun new website at.. www.. oaklandzoophotos.. com.. 25% of each sale is donated back to the Oakland Zoo!..

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  • Title: Zoo Membership, Wildlife Conservation, Educational Programs, Science Field trips, Family Day Trips, Kid's Activities, Birthday Parties, Bay Area CA |Oakland Zoo
    Descriptive info: Home >> Support The Zoo >> Membership >> Become a Member.. Become a member of the Zoo family!.. Members receive a 10% discount in the Zoo gift shop, as well as free or discounted admissions to Zoos all over the country! You will receive a discount to over night programs and a host of Zoo classes, as well as the ability to attend events throughout the year at no additional charge.. Members receive special notification of Zoo Calendar events, and a discounted ticket price to the Zoo's annual fundraiser, Walk in the Wild!.. Membership Benefits.. FREE admission.. 362 days of the year at The Oakland Zoo.. FREE parking.. at The Oakland Zoo.. DISCOUNTS.. at the Gift Shop, for Zoo Camp, Birthday Parties, and special events.. DISCOUNTED or FREE admission.. to over.. 125 reciprocal zoos and aquariums.. nationwide.. Membership Categories.. Individual.. $70.. 00.. One named adult age 18 years or older.. Dual.. $90.. Two named adults age 18 years or older.. You may leave the second name blank which will allow you to bring a guest with you on every visit.. Family.. $120.. Two named adults and up to 4 children age 17 and younger.. Both adults must be named on the cards.. The Guest option  ...   with you on every visit.. *Guests.. Some of our members want the flexibility to bring a guest with them on each visit - our solution is to offer a Guest option.. Leave one of your membership cards blank and bring a guest with you on every visit.. Please note that a separate physical guest card is not issued and that by leaving a name blank, our staff will know that you have chosen the guest option.. This option is available for Dual, Family Plus, and Sustaining members only.. Remember, a named card member must be present for your Guest to be able to enter the Zoo at no additional cost.. Do you have a caretaker?.. If your nanny, caretaker, or another adult, visits the Zoo and their name does not appear on the membership card, the entire party - including children - will be required to pay for admission.. We suggest that you name the caretaker as the third person at the Family Plus and/or Sustaining level.. Membership cards are not transferable.. For questions regarding memberships, please email the.. Membership Office.. or call us at (510) 632-9525 x152.. Membership.. Make a Gift to the Zoo.. Adopt an Animal.. Animal Enrichment.. Volunteer Opportunities.. Sponsor the Zoo..

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  • Title: Picnic Area, Family Reunion, Birthday Parties, Family Day Trips, Kid's Activities, Bay Area CA | Oakland Zoo
    Descriptive info: Home >> Zoo Info >> Animal Care.. The Oakland Zoo has a wide array of amazing indoor and outdoor locations for any any size group.. Host a company meeting, a family picnic, a birthday party, even a wedding.. Please review the options below to find one that suits your needs.. Watch a video.. about our facility rental options.. Birthday Parties.. Go wild for your birthday! Whether you're looking for a picnic style party or an educational birthday party program, Oakland Zoo offers a variety of fun party packages.. Picnic Sites.. The Oakland Zoo has 5 unique and beautiful picnic areas to choose from.. Pricing, capacity, and amenities vary from site to site.. Sites book up fast, so make your reservation today!..  ...   the hill near the Main Entrance, this location offers a spectacular view of the bay.. Perfect for weddings or other family get togethers, the Snow Building can hold a capacity of 250 people.. Want to see for yourself? Take a.. virtual tour.. of the Snow Building.. Commercial Filming & Photography.. Location scouts, the Oakland Zoo is the answer to your needs! The Oakland Zoo can accomodate film shoots, documentaries, photo shoots, etc.. With an ever increasing portfolio of productions which have been filmed at Oakland Zoo, our reputation as a desirable choice for filming locations is growing rapidly.. We are very film friendly and happy to accommodate production crews throughout the year.. Animal Rescue.. About Zookeeping.. Animal Keeper Careers.. Keeper Resources..

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  • Title: Educational Programs, Animals Come To You, Wildlife Conservation, Bay Area CA | Oakland Zoo
    Descriptive info: Home >> Education & Programs >> School Programs >> ZooMobile.. Discover the Wonders of the World's Wildlife with a ZooMobile Program!.. An Oakland Zoo ZooMobile program will bring animal ambassadors to you! An educator will bring small animals and animal artifacts to teach grade or group appropriate topics.. A myriad of ZooMobile outreach programs have been tailored to meet the needs of your group.. Can't come to the Zoo? We will come to you! An Education Specialist will come to your daycare, senior center, library, or organization, and use small live animals and animal artifacts to inspire and educate about our natural world.. Birthday Party ZooMobile.. Make your child's  ...   which can be touched.. The birthday child will receive a Zoo gift to mark the occasion.. A ZooMobile party is fun, educational and entertaining for all!.. Conservation ZooMobile.. Using an interactive learning station approach, one of our Education Specialists and a group of our specially-trained conservation docents will bring live zoo animals and other fun and engaging interactive activities, biofacts, and even a portable rainforest to engage participants, ages three - adulthood.. Family Activities.. School Programs.. Creek & Watershed Programs.. School Overnights.. School-to-College Program.. Special Tours.. Wildlife Assembly.. ZooKids: Pre-K programs.. ZooSchool classes.. Zoo-to-Community program.. Internships.. Research Opportunities.. Student & Teacher Resources.. Community & Group Programs.. Teen Programs.. ZooCamps..

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  • Title: Kid’s Activities, Stay Overnight, Boy Scouts Events, Girl Scouts Events, Educational Programs, Wildlife Conservation, Bay Area CA | Oakland Zoo
    Descriptive info: Home >>.. Bedtime with the Beasts.. Spend a fun-filled night enjoying the Oakland Zoo in a very special experience - camping out with the wild things! We offer several programs designed for Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, families, or any group who wants to experience the Zoo in a whole new light.. starlight!.. School Group Overnights.. Bring your class to the Oakland Zoo for a night full of exploration, learning, and fun! Particpate in hands-on activities to learn about habitats, life cycles, or even poop! All themes meet California State Standards.. This is a field trip your class will never forget!..  ...   and come find out what goes on in the Zoo once the rest of the guests leave.. A variety of themes allows you to visit the rain-forest, be a detective and snoop your way around the Zoo, or even create your own custom curriculum in a fun and exciting overnight adventure.. Family Sundown Safari.. Go on Safari in Oakland! Family Sundown Safari is a hands-on educational summer program for families with children ages 4 and up.. Bring your tent and sleep out underneath the stars.. Your family will never forget their incredibly fun and unique campout at the Oakland Zoo!..

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  • Title: Volunteer at the Zoo, Community Service, Wildlife Conservation, Educational Programs, Kid’s Activities, Bay Area CA | Oakland Zoo
    Descriptive info: Home >> Support The Zoo >> Volunteer Opportunities.. Volunteer Opportunities at Oakland Zoo.. Make a Difference!.. Interested in meeting people, working with animals, and having fun? Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, learn a new skill, share your knowledge with others, and make a difference.. Oakland Zoo is always looking for volunteers to help us in a variety of departments.. Join the over 500 volunteers that donate their time and talents as part of the Oakland Zoo family.. Docents.. Inspire and Educate! Docents are a passionate and dedicated group of adult volunteers.. age 18 and older.. They are on the front line with our visitors, teaching them about our animals and conservation, helping with special events, and enhancing the visitor experience.. Animal Care Volunteer and Internships.. Ever wonder what it is like to care for a giraffe, alligator, hornbill or hyena? If you are interested in learning about animal husbandry then volunteering or interning for Oakland Zoo's Animal Care department could be for you.. We are looking for hard working individuals.. who respect animals and don't mind getting dirty.. So break out those work boots and khaki pants and come to one of our volunteer orientations.. Animal Care volunteers and interns  ...   ages 13 and up.. who are interested in volunteering, in one of our well-regarded teen programs.. Please refer to each program for descriptions of duties, application and orientation processes and frequently asked questions.. Community Groups.. Oakland Zoo works with a variety of community groups (corporate, school, church, service, family) to complete habitat restoration, enrichment, and landscape management projects.. We want to ensure that our animals are comfortable in their habitats and our grounds are well maintained.. Staff and volunteers work together to make this happen! Habitat restoration might sound like a fancy way of saying weeding, but many of those weeds are like candy to our animals.. They literally feast on the fruits for your labor.. East Bay Professionals.. The East Bay Professionals for Oakland Zoo offers great opportunities to meet and mingle with local like-minded people dedicated to wildlife, conservation, and education.. Members serve as Zoo advocates in the community, participating in events that raise awareness and funds, and help support the Zoo's mission of conservation, education, and family entertainment.. Log Hours.. Thank you for volunteering at the Oakland Zoo.. We really appreciate and value your time and dedication!.. If you are a current volunteer you can click here to.. log your hours.. Teen Volunteers..

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  • Title: Birthday Parties, Kid's Activities, Educational Programs, Bay Area CA | Oakland Zoo
    Descriptive info: Home >> Education & Programs >> Community & Group Programs >> Birthday Parties.. Go wild for your birthday! Whether you're looking for a picnic style party or an educational birthday party program, the Oakland Zoo offers a variety of fun party packages!.. Birthday Party Options.. Start your search for the perfect party package by reviewing the birthday options below.. When you have chosen the party that's right for you, click on the MORE INFO button for complete details and information on how to register.. Rides Area  ...   for 12.. 6 parking passes.. Zoo admission for 20.. 10 parking passes.. Not Included.. Rides tickets.. Included.. (depending on package).. Not included.. Live animal close-ups.. Education Staff.. Location.. Upper Zoo.. Rides Area.. Lower Zoo.. Education Center.. At your home.. Price Range.. $175.. 00 - 300.. 00.. $385.. 00 - $435.. $260.. 00 - $280.. You can also hold your Birthday at the.. or the.. Zimmer Auditorium.. Animal Amore.. Citizen Science.. Creek & Habitat Restoration.. Lectures.. Library ZooMobile.. Programs for Seniors.. Scout Workshops & Overnights.. Wildlife Trivia Night..

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  • Title: Admission and Parking Prices
    Descriptive info: Home >> Zoo Info >> Planning Your Visit >> Admission.. Admission and Parking Prices.. Age.. General.. Groups With Reservation.. Groups Without Reservation.. Children: Under 2.. FREE.. Children: Ages 2-14.. $9.. Adults: Ages 15-64.. $12.. $13.. Seniors: Ages 65-79.. Military.. N/A.. Seniors: 80 years and older.. Parking Fee: Cars.. Parking Fee: Buses.. Special Discount for Military Families.. Must show current ID for discount.. NOTE:.. We re sorry, but the Zoo cannot accept any bills over $20.. Discounted Admission for Groups.. Groups of 12 or more (or any size group of persons with disabilities) may qualify for a discounted rate.. Please see our.. Large Group Reservations.. page to see  ...   time of check-in to receive the discount.. Wheel-chair Accessibility and Stroller Rentals.. Although some of our pathways are steep and may be challenging, Oakland Zoo is wheel-chair and stroller accessible.. Strollers are available for rent:.. $5.. 00 for a single / $7.. 00 for a double.. We do not have wheel-chairs for rent.. Service Animals.. Oakland Zoo welcomes individuals with disabilities and is committed to ensuring that the Zoo grounds, facilities and programs are accessible to all visitors.. While the Zoo generally prohibits any non-zoo animals from entering the Zoo and park grounds, exceptions are made for individuals with disabilities who bring their service animals to the Zoo..

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    Descriptive info: oaklandzoo.. org.. Contact.. Holiday Gifts for the Animals.. by.. Zena Zookeeper.. | November 14th, 2013.. And our sun bears love Kongs.. Sometimes, we even fill them with peanut butter, which is the sun bears’ favorite thing to eat.. Hey Kids! Zena the Zookeeper here.. It’s holiday time at Oakland Zoo, and I have a question for you: Name something you love getting during the holidays.. If you said, PRESENTS! then you and our animals here at the Zoo have something in common.. Our animals love presents too.. And I’m here to tell you, we just love giving presents to them.. The presents we give our animals are called enrichments.. Those are special toys and games that help our animals live like they are back in the wild.. (If you want to learn more about animal enrichments, check out my blog from September called.. Animal Enrichment is Important to Chimpanzees.. !).. So, what kinds of presents do our animals like to receive? All kinds! Our chimps love lots of different toys.. For example, one of our female chimps just adores plush-toy snakes.. She wears them around her neck like a scarf.. The ferrets and chinchillas love hanging beds, and the zebras go nuts for Jolly-Ranger balls.. We zookeepers put treats in the balls and watch the zebras happily work to get them out! Check out the picture here of my fellow.. zookeeper prepping the balls with molasses and alfalfa for the Zebras to enjoy.. Luigi the ferret, can spend hours playing hide-and-seek in his alligator bed.. And, just last week we asked people to send presents for some of our Zoo staff headed to Borneo to help out some rescued sun bears over there.. And boy, did everyone help out! We got so many new toys for them – we even have some pictures of the Bornean bears playing with their new presents from Oakland Zoo.. If you’d like to give a present to one of our Zoo animals this holiday season, be sure to check out the wishlist we zookeepers put up on.. amazon.. It lists all the great toys and enrichment we know our animals love to receive.. The goats in the Children’s Contact Yard love butting around big, inflatable balls.. I suspect they may be playing some kind of top-secret goat soccer!.. There’s lots to choose from, so I’m sure you’ll find something that will make one of our animals feel wild and wonderful.. (Don t forget to check with an adult before you purchase anything.. ).. So, until next time, remember – we only have one planet, so let’s all be conservation heroes and take good care of everything on it!.. Tags:.. ,.. Enrichment.. Family Fun.. ZooKeeper.. Posted in.. Animal Welfare.. Zena the ZooKeeper.. ZooKeepers.. No Comments.. Attention Future Biologists!.. Rick Mannshardt.. | November 11th, 2013.. Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a real field biologist, studying wildlife in the great outdoors? What exactly do they do out there with all that cool equipment, anyway? Now, there’s an easy way to find out.. is proud to introduce its latest educational program, the Field Biology Workshops, where we focus on modern, innovative techniques of field biology and conservation.. If you’re a middle or high school student, this could be your opportunity to try your hand at this rewarding career while you’re still in school.. And you don’t even have to go anywhere—the Zoo brings it all to your classroom.. The San Diego Institute for Conservation Research (ICR), who offers a summer program for science educators looking to institute their own science programs, was instrumental in helping to get this program off the ground.. During a three-day conservation institute for teachers held by ICR, members of the Zoo’s education staff had the opportunity to learn the curriculum and were provided with teaching materials to get started.. Here’s how it works.. During our engaging one or two-day in-class workshops (an hour each) you’ll get the chance to use modern technology to study wildlife, analyzing real data collected in the field.. A good example is with our.. condor program.. , the field study that uses GPS technology to track endangered California condors released back into the wild in Baja California and the.. Ventana Wilderness.. Area near Big Sur.. As a young aspiring scientist, you’ll be asked to analyze data and give thought to the conservation challenges that these animals face in the real world.. Using satellite mapping techniques, you’ll study and analyze the condors’ geographic range and make your own decisions about ways to protect it.. One of the exercises involves the planning for a proposed wind farm within the condors’ habitat.. Based on your analysis of the data, your job is to advise the company on the best place to locate the facility to minimize risk to the birds while still serving the needs of the public.. One of the goals of the Field Biology Workshops is skill-building.. We ask the students to come up with answers to these problems; not necessarily focusing on the right answer, but getting the students to think and work like a scientist.. Through this program the Zoo is hoping to expand its educational reach by bridging the demographic between its.. ZooSchool.. Teen Wild Guide.. and.. programs, offering educational services to students in middle and high schools.. The program is still in the planning stages but we’re hoping to be up and running this school year.. To find out more about the Field Biology Workshops, please call our Teen Programs Manager, Melinda Sievert at (510) 632-9525 ext 201.. So if you’re a middle or high school student who’s interested in biology or if you know someone who is, give Oakland Zoo a call and get that young scientist onboard with the new Field Biology Workshops.. See you at the Zoo!.. condors.. wildlife research.. Education Programs.. Toys needed for Sun Bears in Borneo.. (Oakland Zoo Conservation Program).. Margaret Rousser.. | October 21st, 2013.. A rescued Sunbear at the Bornean sunbear conservation Center gets to relax in  ...   nations, are the vital link between the public and various educational and scientific institutions.. Often operating with limited funding, many of these organizations couldn’t function properly without a team of these volunteers.. You see them at museums, science centers, historical sites and, of course, zoos.. They handle a variety of tasks, including leading tours, answering questions, and assisting people in need of help.. But some of their contributions are a bit more ethereal.. They inspire.. They enlighten.. They connect people with things they may not have been exposed to before.. You might say docents help create the next generation of supporters and in some cases, future employees.. So what does it take to be a part of such a team? How do you become a docent here at Oakland Zoo? If you’re outgoing, enjoy working with the public and have a love of animals, you might be just what Oakland Zoo is looking for.. But like anything else worth doing, it takes commitment and a bit of work.. Docent Training Class.. It all starts with the.. application.. process, which can be initiated through Oakland Zoo’s website.. Once your application has been accepted and a background check is complete, you attend an orientation before you begin the training.. Our comprehensive 15-week docent training class provides prospective docents with a solid background that includes an overview of the Zoo’s animal collection, conservation efforts, zoology and taxonomy, customer service and interpretive training.. The training is a collaborative effort between.. education department.. staff, zookeepers and veteran docents.. In those 15 weeks, you’ll get classroom instruction, special lectures, as well as homework assignments, quizzes, and presentations.. There’s even a mentoring program to provide one-on-one assistance.. Once you’ve passed the final exam and graduated, you’ll officially be an Oakland Zoo docent.. After that, you need to fulfill a minimum requirement of 70 public hours of service per year as well as earning 4 credits of continuing education by attending lectures, classes, etc.. But since our docents find the work so rewarding, most of them enjoy contributing even more time to the Zoo.. docents.. Volunteering.. Have You Met our Beautiful African Elephants?.. | September 27th, 2013.. Did you know that Oakland Zoo is the only zoo in Northern California with.. African Elephants.. ? We have FOUR amazing African Elephants, three females and one male, and although they look similar, to us animal keepers their personalities are about as different as up and down.. As sweet and sour.. As football and bowling.. As … well, you get the picture.. All of the girls come from Africa originally, but sadly, they became orphans and were sold to Zoos in the United States when their families were culled.. Culling is the very controversial method of population management.. They had sad and difficult beginnings in life, but now they all make one big happy family! We zookeepers do our very best to make sure of that each and every day – we love our elephants very much! All four have such unique and fun personalities, so what’s not to love?!.. Osh, our only boy, is 19 and has been with us since 2004.. He came from Howletts Wild Animal Park, where he was born with his family group.. Young males in the wild get kicked out of their herd from ages 8-12, and that is what Osh s mom and aunts started to do to him, so we gave him a home here at Oakland Zoo.. Osh is extremely active, exploratory, and curious.. He s got a very lively and chipper walk, and he loves to play, browse and graze.. Donna is 34 years old and came to Oakland Zoo in 1989.. She very quickly became the dominant female because she had the biggest attitude.. She is the most playful out of the girls.. At nighttime you will find her having fun playing with the large tractor tires in her enclosure and charging into the pool for a cool-down! Personality-wise Donna is impatient, loves to participate in training, and is closely bonded with Lisa, whom she sleeps with every night.. See how and.. why we train our elephants.. here!.. Lisa is 36 years old and has been with us since she was two years old.. She came from Kruger National Park in South Africa and went briefly to a training facility for several months then came to the zoo.. Lisa is an ‘elephant s elephant,’ she likes all of her pachyderm friends, and wants to make everyone happy.. She loves her pool.. We call her our water baby, because she will take daily dips if the weather is right! Want to see.. Lisa taking a bath.. ? She is sneaky, agile, and can be very stubborn!.. M Dunda is 44 years old and came to us in 1991.. She has a bad history of abuse at her previous facility; which is amazing because she is an extremely gentle soul and wouldn t hurt a fly.. She loves to play with Osh, and is often spotted at night leaning over the fence into Osh’s area, trunk-twirling with him.. She can be a little insecure, and scared of new situations.. When she first came here she wouldn t eat her treat boxes! She sure does now, though! She also has long beautiful tusks.. All four of these wonderful beasts just love pumpkins, melons and pineapples.. Come to our next Feast For the Beast event in the Spring and you can bring some produce and place them around the elephant habitat yourself!.. Until next time, see you at the Zoo!.. African Elephant.. elephant.. elephant training.. Older Entries.. Categories.. Employee Spotlight.. Landscape-Horticulture.. Veterinary Care.. Authors.. Alicia Powers.. Amy Gotliffe.. 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