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Oakland Zoo

9777 Golf Links Road off Interstate 580, Oakland, CA 94605
510- 632-9525
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Ranked #8 of 55 Attractions in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
Traveler Description: The Oakland Zoo is a great family/children's zoo. It's located in a nice hilly/tree area which has made a great habitat for the animals they have... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Sorry for the animals that to keep them from extinction we need the Zoo to do two very important things ...education of us about the different species and how we are encroaching on their territories and doing other things to make their life shortened.. also because of the poaching and over hunting /fishing/ mankind issues they are needed to help... More

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Oakland CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

good for kids or the kid in adults, fun with bunches of well kept animals. See it and have tons of great fun with animals you won't see everyday.

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Definitely check out the bat exhibit! Pretty decent enclosures for the animals. Worth a visit, overall a nice regional zoo, though not one of the top zoos in the country.

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Corpus Christi, Texas, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

First time at this zoo. Tucked away in the hills of Oakland be prepared for plenty of up and down hill walking. Enjoyed the day with the grandkids. The only real disappointing part of the day was trying to find something to eat. The description of the food spots is deceiving. Most of the snack "shacks" were closed and the... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

While I am not a fan of caged animals I understand the huge educational value and the research opportunities of a well run zoo. I just brought a group of tall and small family members, visiting from Norway, to the Zoo. We had plans to spend a few hous only and ended up staying the whole day. All the animals... More

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Tracy, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

“Did you know that pre-1800's, and where the zoo sits today, was once occupied by the Ohlone people?” Here are some milestones. 1770-1857, the zoo property was once part of the 100,000 acre Rancho San Antonio, owned by Don Louie and Maria Peralta. In 1922, Henry A. Snow, a recognized naturalist, collector, African big game hunter, film producer and museum... More

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

For people of all ages, this zoo has everything in a walkable area wiht great views. Animals, reptiles, birds, a terrific African area, good food and interesting gifts make this a treat for adults and children alike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

I want to purchase tickets to surprise family in CA. Christina Helms made that possible. She answer all my questions followed up with me. And even remember things I forgot like parking passes. I highly recommend stopping by seeing to superb job these people are doing.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The Oakland zoo is just the right size. The animals appear to be kept well in their natural surroundings with plenty of room. Nice to visit for a few hours.

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We visited with our grandchild (in a stroller) with many, many other families (kids, parents, grandparents, etc.) and while it can get crowded at times (this was Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) we found the place easy to navigate and all together on a manageable scale (which also means they don't have every animal or specifies you could imagine).... More

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