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“Poor animals :(” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Oakland Zoo

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
Type: Zoos
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Owner description: A 100-acre zoo that contains 58 exhibits of more than 400 native and exotic animals from around the world, which are represented by 100 different species.
COlumbus, OH
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Poor animals :(”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Felt really bad for the animals being in cramped, dirty, unnatural cages. Perhaps I'm spoiled as a member of The Columbus Zoo which strives to build stimulating, "as close to nature as possible" environments for their animals but I was surprised to see dirty old Fischer price toys in the animal cages. Cages....not habitats.

A few exhibits seemed to be abandoned.

Animals were lethargic.

Paths were deteriorating.

Trash cans were overflowing.

Alligator & turtle glass viewing tanks were covered in algae.

Staff was unfriendly - gift shop clerks stood eating donuts while discussing relationship problems while I waited to rent a stroller. I eventually asked if they were open.

To rent a stroller, you have to leave your drivers license. When I returned the stroller, the clerk handed me the stack of IDs and told me to find mine. . ..

Just a very odd experience. Perhaps if you've never been to a bigger and better zoo, you would find this to be a fun place.

Visited November 2013
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Oakland, CA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great family outing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

The Oakland zoo is a great place for families. It is set up so you can get a good view of the animals. It is compact, and easy walking to see all the sights. There is good parking. The rides are fun for kids and adults will also enjoy the train around the park. If you are local, the yearly memberships are an incredible value. Who ever tires of seeing the graceful giraffes or the entertaining monkeys.

Visited July 2013
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San Francisco, California
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48 attraction reviews
Reviews in 70 cities Reviews in 70 cities
349 helpful votes 349 helpful votes
“Kid-friendly zoo with variety of animals”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is a fairly small zoo but does have enough variety to keep the kids occupied. Following are some of the main pros and cons of the zoo.

Pros:

1) Small but does have enough variety of animals
2) Fair amount of parking is available
3) Decent choices for food at the main restaurant near the entrance
4) The sky ride is a big hit with kids and gives a good overview of the entire zoo
5) The train ride and other rides just outside the zoo entrance are good

Cons:

1) The terrain is pretty hilly and hence have to do a lot of climbing up and down. This can tire you out easily even though the zoo itself is not that big.
2) The food places inside the zoo (other than the one right near the entrance) don't have as many good choices.

Visited September 2013
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Memphis, Tennessee
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“One of the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Oakland zoo was great! Neat / clean and the animals were well cared for. Many new attractions, reminds me of St Louis Zoo

Visited April 2013
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Oakland, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great for all ages”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

The Oakland Zoo has a lot to offer! It is small enough to navigate. The animals appear well taken care of, and appear happy in their habitats. I bought a family year pass and have access with my grand daughter as often as I want. The only negative is that it is NOT opened earlier in the morning. She takes a nap from 11:00 - 1:30 so we have to really hurry and have lunch and get to the zoo before it closes. That will change as she grows up. The rides are an additional plus!
Oakland Zoo you rock!

Visited September 2013
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