Your donations ensure the health and well-being of Zoo animals, enable our community education, and fortify our conservation work locally and globally. Every gift makes a difference here at Your Zoo.

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Dedicate Your Gift

A gift in honor or in memory of a special person or occasion is always a thoughtful way to express your sentiments. We will send a letter to the person(s) you specify to let them know of your donation. We do not disclose the gift amount. We will also send you a receipt.

How to Donate by Phone

Please have your credit card handy and phone our Development Department at:

(510) 632-9525 x 154

Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you leave a message after hours, we will return the call.

How to Donate by Mail

Print and complete our donation form, and mail it with your check to:

Oakland Zoo

P.O. Box 5238

Oakland, CA 94605

Friends of the Wild

Friends of the Wild members contribute a significant amount to our annual operating budget. Whether we’re running a bustling schedule of classes at the Zoo or preparing over 2,000 pounds of animal food a week, we couldn’t do it without our special Friends of the Wild. These members enjoy a long list of benefits – listed below -- including free annual admission for four adults and four children that is transferable to friends and family. To become a member, donate $1,000 or more, and enjoy a wide range of benefits.


Friends of the Wild




Oakland Zoo Membership

Four Adults, Age 18 or Older and

up to Four Children, Age 17 and Younger

Four Named Cardholders

and Four Children


Three Named Cardholders,

Four Children, and One Guest


Two Named Cardholders,

Four Children, and Two Guests

Free Admission

Year Round

362 days a year

Free Parking

Year Round

362 days a year

Summer Early Entry

Memorial Day–Labor Day

Enter 30 Minutes Before General Public

9:30 a.m.


10% at the Gift Shop

Birthday Parties


Education Programs

Special Event Tickets

 Reciprocal Benefits (List Below)

Discounted admission to over 125 zoos and aquariums nationwide

Private Event Invitations

Evening at the Zoo

Zoolights Celebration

Special Recognition

Donor Board in Flamingo Plaza

Annual Report


Friends of the Wild




All Benefits of



Conservation Speaker Series

Free Admission for Two Adults

Docent Tour

Free Tour for Up to Six People



All Benefits of

Zoologist and Curator


Docent Tour to Donate

Free Tour for Up to Six People

Donate it to a School or Charity Event

Private Animal Feeding

For Up to Six People to Attend Free



All Benefits of

Zoologist, Curator, and Veterinarian


Private Lunch and Tour

with Dr. Joel Parrott

Lunch and Tour for Up to Six People

Hosted by Dr. Parrott, CEO, Oakland Zoo



All Benefits of

Zoologist, Curator, and Veterinarian


Personalized Benefits

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More Ways to Give

California Trail

Opening in mid-2018, California Trail will introduce guests to California wildlife and habitats in a new 56-acre section of the Zoo. Today guests can take the Zoo’s gondola to the new Kaiser Permanent Visitor Center and The Landing Café. Your support can help us complete completing construction of animal habitats and homes.


Wills and Bequests

We make it easy to include Oakland Zoo in your plans. For more information, contact us.

Contact Us


Take action for wildlife. Learn how you and your family you can help wildlife and our environment—at Oakland Zoo, in the Bay Area, and around the world.

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Request a Donation for Your Organization

If you would like to request a donation for your organization, please fill out and submit our online form. Please be aware your organization must be within a 30 mile radius of the Zoo. Requests may take up to four weeks to process. Email and phone calls are not accepted.


Donate Your Vehicle

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P.O. Box 5238

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605