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Oakland Zoo Donation Opportunity for Feast for the Beasts 2015

Oakland Zoo Feast for the BeastsSaturday is one of Oakland Zoo’s semi- annual Feast for the Beasts events, where the public is invited and encouraged to donate fresh fruits and veggies to the Zoo animals. To kick off this family friendly event, the first 250 guests that arrive will receive a golden ticket that allows them the special opportunity to spread produce, such as bananas, pineapple, sweet potatoes, cabbage, melons, and more, throughout the elephant exhibit. As soon as all the food is in place, guests will exit the exhibit in order to watch the Zoo’s four African Elephants ( Lisa, M’dunda, Donna, and Osh) enjoy the donated treats.

“Feast for the Beast is such a great event! It is the one event where our guests bring amazing produce for all of our animals to enjoy,” said co-elephant manager Jeff Kinzley. “But, for the Elephants it is by far their favorite day of the year! The day starts as any other, until the guest start arriving with all of that food. The elephants start getting anxious and exited because of all the produce they can smell being hidden around their habitat. They know what this day is! When we release them from the lower yards to the Exhibit, it is the one day they all run to the exhibit to be the first one to gorge on the feast that has been prepared for them! For me, I love watching their reaction, their excitement.”

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Oakland Zoo Celebrates National Zoo Keeper Week 2015

Oakland Zoo KeeperIn recognition of the dedication of zoo keepers, Oakland Zoo is joining the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) (www.aazk.org) and zoos across the nation to celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week, July 19-25.

More than thirty-eight zoo keepers are employed at Oakland Zoo to provide quality humane animal care to over 660 animals (from African elephants to lemurs to tiny bugs) that currently live at the Zoo.

“Oakland Zoo could not be more proud of its animal keeper staff! At most zoos, keepers work behind-the-scenes to maintain environments where animals can live happy and healthy lives, but at Oakland Zoo, our keepers routinely go above and beyond the standard job description,” said Darren Minier, Zoological Manager at Oakland Zoo. “Daily, they enrich the lives of our animals through building positive human-animal relationships and providing environments that help our animals to thrive. They advocate for better animal welfare legislation and are involved in conservation efforts at home and world-wide. This week, we are proud to show them how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication to not only their profession, but as a critical link in making Oakland Zoo animals and programs excellent.”

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Baby Wallaroo at Oakland Zoo’s Wild Australia Exhibit

Oakland Zoo WallarooA joey that started out very small, the size of a kidney bean, is now outside of its mother’s pouch. The baby wallaroo is estimated to have been born in the fall of 2014 and visitors are now able to see the youngster while riding the Outback Express Adventure train through the Wild Australia exhibit at Oakland Zoo.

The joey is named Maloo, which means thunder. It likely will grow four or five feet tall. Maloo along with his family can be seen daily between the hours of 11:00am – 3:30pm while riding the Outback Express Adventure Train through Wild Australia. Oakland Zoo’s Wild Australia exhibit is 3.3 acres in size and allows wallaroos and emus to roam freely in their spacious exhibit as well as graze naturally on grasses and shrubs. Oakland Zoo strives to provide its animals with expansive naturalistic habitats that imitate habitats in the wild.

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California Condor Speaker Series at Oakland Zoo

oakland-zoo-condorOn Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Oakland Zoo welcomes the public to attend a Conservation Speaker Series about California condors – a bird that nearly became extinct in the 1980s, when the last living wild condor was taken into captivity and put into a breeding program to save the species. Today, there are more than 200 California condors living in the wild, with a large population near the Big Sur coastline.

Guest Speaker Kelly Sorenson, Executive Director of Ventana Wildlife Society, has been working to save these birds, with a nine and a half foot wingspan, since 1995. “Over the last twenty years, we’ve discovered condors are resilient, but we also learned about their greatest threats,” said Kelly Sorenson. Through field work, constant monitoring, nest watching, pair tracking, lead testing, and releasing condors back into the wild, he and his team have invested their careers into helping save this species.

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June 2015 Events at Oakland Zoo

Oakland-Zoo-Entry-GateThe Oakland Zoo has a month full of fantastic events for guests of all ages to enjoy and learn from throughout the month of June, 2015! Here is a list of adventures in store for zoo goers in the Bay Area!

Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series Presents: Action for California Condors
Wednesday, June 3, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Presented by Ventana Wildlife Society and Oakland Zoo veterinarian Dr. Andrea Goodnight. For more than 20 years, Ventana Wildlife Society has spearheaded efforts to save the California Condor from extinction, by treating condors for lead poisoning caused by ingesting carcasses shot with lead bullets. Oakland Zoo is now partnered with the California Condor Recovery Program to medically treat and release wild condors. Come learn how we work together to help these magnificent birds.  Location: Oakland Zoo’s Marian Zimmer Auditorium. Program Fee: $12.00 – $20.00 sliding scale. Tickets at the door. For more info contact: Amy at 510-632-9525, ext 122 or amy@oaklandzoo.org. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605 www.oaklandzoo.org.

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