The three bears in this exhibit like to climb trees, sleep in their hammocks, bask in the sun, balance on downed trees, and build dens near their pond. Sun bears are the smallest bear species. They can grow to be around 4.5 feet tall and weigh between 60-140 pounds. Their key characteristics are sleek black fur, a yellow crescent-shaped breast mark, and a greyish or orange muzzle. Some say, the sun bear was the inspiration for the character Winnie the Pooh. Do you see any similarities? These particular bears you are watching love to eat avocados, honey, and peanut butter as treats. Zookeepers hide treats throughout the spacious exhibit, to encourage the bears to forage for food, as they would in the wild. You might see them playing with a ball, shaking a milk carton, or unwrapping boxes. Zookeepers and volunteers create enrichment or puzzles to keep the bears stimulated throughout the day.
The first-ever live streaming California Condor cam is located in the hills of Big Sur, California, where the Ventana Wildlife Society is working diligently with the California Condor Recovery team to help return these iconic birds to habitats in Central California.
Oakland Zoo’s Condor Cam is situated in The Steve and Jackie Kane Condor Recovery Center on the grounds of Oakland Zoo. The rehabilitation center is designed for treatment and recovery of sick or injured California condors from the wild. Learn about the California Condor Recovery Program.
This camera is also located in Big Sur, and points to the pen where birds are held before and after they are treated for lead poisoning.
A video produced by Oakland Zoo, A Flight Plan for the California Condor showcases the plight of this majestic bird and why the Zoo is compelled to support conservation efforts to recover the California Condor.
Watch the African Elephants at Oakland Zoo live! This elephant habitat includes 6.5 acres of grassy hills, trees, a swimming pond, and mud wallow. Like elephants in the wild, our elephants spend most of their time grazing, browsing on tree branches and foraging. Did you know elephants eat 200-300 pounds of food a day?
Our zookeepers spread food and enrichment throughout this exhibit eight times per day to encourage the elephants' socializing, roaming and foraging behavior. Proper and adequate exercise helps keep our elephants healthy which is very important to us. Elephants are highly intelligent and emotional beings with unique personalities, forming bonds and relationships with each other both in captivity and the wild.
Born in 1969, she came to Oakland Zoo in 1991. She has long beautiful tusks and a very gentle demeanor. She is very vocal with rumbles to communicate with her herd mates and zookeepers. At night, M'Dunda sometimes spars with Osh or gently nuzzles and trunk twirls with him.
Born in 1979, Donna quickly became the dominant female. Playful, she often charges into the pool for a cool-down. Donna is eager to learn, loves to participate in training, and is closely bonded with Lisa, whom she sleeps with every night.
Born in 1977, Lisa is our 'water baby', taking daily dips in the pond if the weather is right! Lisa can be sneaky and bold, grabbing treats from under another elephant's trunk, especially Donna's. Lisa loves her sleep, after a full night and she often cat naps in the day.
Born in 1994, Osh is over 10ft 8in tall and weighs 13,000 pounds and still growing! He will eventually be about twice the size of the females. In elephant society, males leave their family groups in their teens. So you will often see Osh spending time on his own.
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