Tropical Rainforest

As you explore, notice the naturalistic rock work, vines, climbing structures and lush foliage. Animals like our chimpanzee, white-handed gibbon, siamang, cotton-topped tamarin, and squirrel monkeys live, climb, eat, and relax high in the tree tops. See several types of bird and reptile species and our majestic tiger enclosure complete with pond and waterfall.

Animals and Attractions




Indian Muntjac

Rainforest Aviary


Sun Bear


White Handed Gibbon

Meet Our Animals

Chow Time

Animal Feeding Times


1:00 p.m.



1:00 p.m.


Tropical rainforests are one of the most diverse environments on earth.

Tropical Rainforests

Making Our Animals Feel at Home

Ever wonder why some of the enclosures have a river of water around them? Or, why the blue and gold macaws don't fly away? Well some species, like our white-handed gibbons and siamangs are not great swimmers. In the wild, they avoid crossing streams and rivers. In an effort to create the most natural space possible and keep them safe, the Oakland Zoo opted for a river instead of glass windows. It’s easier for you to view them, it’s not as much work to take care of, and it’s more natural for them. As for the macaws—we have taught them that spending time on their ever-changing cluster of trees is rewarding and safe. Because of this, we do not need to trim their wing feathers. The keepers join the macaws on exhibit multiple times throughout the day and offer them snacks, novel things to chew on, positive opportunities to interact, and other enrichment that makes their exhibit exciting all day long!

How You Can Help

It takes a lot of work to create and maintain a great space for our animals. We are always in need of dedicated individuals who are passionate about animals. If you have some spare time and don't mind getting a little dirty, we would love for you to join our Animal Care Volunteer and Intern Opportunities.

Learn more

See what's coming up.


Summer ZooCamp

Oakland Zoo takes great pride in creating age-appropriate programs for campers in Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade, Grades 2-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, and High School. We also offer a multi-grade nature exploration class. Campers should register based on their grade in Fall 2017.

June, July, August 2017

Pre-K, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Middle School, High School

Learn more

Oakland Zoo actively supports conservation programs.

Conservation Partners

P.O. Box 5238

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605