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Oakland Zoo People of all ages head for zoos, and in Oakland, California there is an excellent one in Knowland Park off of Highway 580 close to golf courses and Oakland discount hotels. The Oakland Zoo is open every day, even on Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and has been around since 1936.

The Oakland Zoo's motto is "Conservation and Education". They care for and display over 600 different animals. The 4 African elephants are their signature animals. The Oakland Zoo is the only zoo in Northern California to have African elephants and their management program is endorsed by the People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals(PETA).

So what else makes the Oakland Zoo so special? It is not only the wide range of exotic and native animals but the intensely humane manner in which the zoo keeping team cares for them. Their goal is to provide a safe environment for the animals and their year-round visitors. You get to see these creatures interact in their natural environments, not just placed in a cage. The animals are well fed, well treated and healthy.

The Oakland Zoo is divided into several sections known as biomes. Each biome is an imitation of a certain geographic area in the world, like the African Savannah. This is the focal point of the zoo and the most popular exhibit. See elephants, river otters, gazelles and bats. Watch a herd of giraffes, including the zoo's pride and joy named Tiki with her children and grandchildren, all born here at the zoo. Then visit the lion section and the tiger section. Venture into the Rain Forest biome in the central area of the zoo, to see the various animals from tigers to anacondas. Marvel at the Blue and Yellow Macaws. Finally, head for the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children's Zoo which opened in 2005. There is a playground and amphitheater. Don't forget the food stations and the rides like a rollercoaster and an old fashioned carousel, even a train. So, find one of the great hotel deals in Oakland, CA and spend the day at the zoo.

The military and their families get a discount, as do senior citizens. If you are under two or 80 plus years old, your admission is free. There is also a discount for groups of 12 or more.

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