There are several cafés located throughout the zoo.
Island Café: Located at Flamingo Plaza this café serves up simple meals such as burgers, sandwiches and salads. They also have snacks and frozen items. There is ample seating indoors and outdoors. This café is open daily.
Safari Café: Open daily, this café is located in the Rides Area and serves BBQ, hot dogs, wraps and other snack-type items. Grilled specials are offered during weekends and summer months. Seating is outdoors.
Savanna Watering Hole: Located in the African Savanna, this café serves up items with a Mexican flair – tacos, nachos, and quesadillas – top it off with ice cream. Other snacks and beverages are also available. The Savanna Watering Hole is open seasonally.
Madagascar Trading Post: This restaurant is located inside the Children's Zoo. Serving wraps, ice cream and various snacks, this is a perfect venue to take a break. The Madagascar Trading Post is open daily.
Budongo Grind: This is the zoo's local coffee shop located in the African Veldt and specializing in coffee, ice cream, cookies and a variety of beverages. The Budongo Grind is open seasonally.
Ice Cream Cart: Open daily in the summer months, the cart serves up your favorite ice cream treats. The Ice Cream Cart is located in the African Veldt area.
Picnic Sites: The Oakland Zoo welcomes you to pack your own picnic lunch and use the picnic tables and benches available. Picnic sites are available for rent if you want to reserve one for your group.
A gift shop is located at the main entrance. The gift shop specializes in green products, artisan crafts and international goods that promote conservation efforts. Gifts, clothing, books, and other great selections will be a perfect souvenir or keepsake.
In 2012 the Oakland Zoo opened a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital specifically for the care of animals at the Oakland Zoo. Equipped with the latest diagnostic and medical equipment and rehabilitation environments, the zoo is able to care for all sorts of animals from the smallest bird to the largest elephant.
Tours of the hospital are open to the general public by reservation only. Tours are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Prices of the tour range from $10 to $25.
The Oakland Zoo hosts live web cams on their website. This allows you to check up on your favorite animals from your home or office. Also available are several videos about the zoo and some of its animals. In addition, there is some downloadable wallpaper for your computer.
The Oakland Zoo offers a variety of rental packages to accommodate your event whether a birthday party, a family reunion, corporate event or a wedding. Some venues within the zoo offer spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. Visit the website for more information.
Finding your way to the zoo is relatively easy. The Oakland Zoo is located off of I-580. Take Exit 29 onto Golf Links Road and follow the signs.
Scheduled regularly throughout the year are special events such as World Elephant Day and Lion Appreciation Day. Each event will have a different focus. There will be interactive stations, zoo keepers on hand to ask questions and so much more. Admission to these events is just the cost of entering the zoo. The zoo calendar details these events and gives specific times.
Along with special events the zoo has a lot of programs that cooperate with the local schools and community. Some of these programs include ZooKids, Zoovie Nights, ZooCamp, Field Biology Workshops, Internships, and even School Overnights.
Contact: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605, Phone: 510-632-9525
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