Last week our family planned a day trip to Oakland zoo, an hour car drive away from home. Since many of our family members have not been to a zoo before and its Mia’s 4th month birthday, we thought it would be a perfect time of the year to go and discover real animals that we only read in books or watch in t.v. That was just our only thought why we decided to go to the nearest zoo in our county but what we have experienced was a total surprise for all of us and it was indeed more than what we expected.
OAKLAND ZOO: THE BRIEF HISTORY
It was known before as Knowland Zoo located in Southeastern Oakland, California. It’s a 100 acre zoo and the home of natural and exotic animals kept well maintained in their natural habitats. Founded in 1922 by naturalist Henry A. Snow and was established as a non profit organization by Alameda County Botanical and Zoological Society, what was known now as East Bay Zoological Society. The zoo has been operating under the organization as a non profit organization for the city of Oakland since 1982. In 25 years of existence, the zoo has been awarded a lot of times, being recognized for its animal management and endangered specie programs. Over the years, the zoo went through major improvements from animal care to visitor’s experience.
There had been public support from the City of Oakland and East Bay Regional Parks District which contributed to the zoo’s operating budget. Others funds came from different community including private sectors, individuals, foundations, corporations, and memberships. Yearly public support from all these sources sustained the low cost of admission and keep the zoo affordable and attainable too all economic levels of the community.
We want to give you a tour to the zoo from the entrance way, the rides and the zoo proper. We want to share our experience and be able to give you a first impression if you ever want to plan your visit one day. Let’s go and explore Oakland Zoo!
I must say that Oakland zoo is a lovely place to visit, perfect for families and friends, a fun and a wonderful place to bond with the kids.
We loved it especially when we have our baby with us to experience everything even the rides, it was really amazing. It was really memorable and its worth going for sure, we had a lot of fun and we enjoyed the animals as much as what we expected and the rides gave us a new unique experience too.
Our baby is still very young to remember all the precious moments we had in this place but we will definitely come back when she’s a little bit bigger and when she can be able to recognize and enjoy the animals more.
Are you looking for an educational adventure and a fun getaway in Oakland? This is definitely a place for you to explore!
Neat pics! Looks fun and family oriented.
We love visiting zoos when we travel to different cities! This sounds like a great place for a family to spend the day together. We will definitely visit this zoo when we visit Oakland!
I have not been to the Oakland Zoo in 40 years! I will have to take my GrandDaughter there one of these weekend!
Brings so much nostalgia when I use to go to the zoo! Would love to go again when I have a child. Sounds fun!
Aww we were just in the Oakland area. We should have gone! Next time!
I haven’t been to the zoo since I was a little kid! ? it looks like you had so much fun there.
Also your baby is SO cute ?
how fun is this- when im in the area next ill def have to check this out- looks adorable!
It seems like you guys had a great time! I can’t wait to take my daughter to the zoo for the first time!
Very nice history… 🙂
The Oakland Zoo Looks like a Lot of Fun and Great for a Family Outing
We love to got any zoo in areas we vacation. I love your cute pictures! Thank you for sharing.
We try to make it to the zoo once a year. It’s always so much fun and a wonderful learning experience for the little ones!
This sounds like a great zoo! We love going to the zoo as a family. It is definitely one of those places that are enjoyable for children of all ages!
So many wonderful things go on at the zoo (the displays and behind the scenes). We like to visit. Your little one is adorable.
This looked like such a fun family adventure… I can remember all of the times taking my FAB Five to the zoo… What great fun we had as a family… you shared some beautiful pictures!
aw, this is really cute. I love zoos, would definitely check this place out! 🙂
What a fun day for your family. I love to visit local zoo’s while traveling. When in CA I usually find my way over to Shambala in Acton, such a great foundation doing very good work.
I love taking my kids to the zoo! Looks like you had an awesome day!
I’ve always really loved gondola rides, so I think that would probably be the high point for me (no pun intended!) My kids would love the goat & sheep barn 🙂
Aww that is so adorable! Zoos are always so much fun and educational, I love them! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun 🙂