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From Hitchcock and Chaplin to Ed Wood, Jr., and from drama and terror to droll comedy, the career of actress Tippi Hedren has been meteoric, and eclectic.

After a few weeks of filming The Birds with Rod Taylor, director Alfred Hitchcock told Associated Press reporter Bob Thomas, "Tippi Hedren is really remarkable. She's already reaching the lows and highs of terror". The former New York fashion model was making her debut as an actress in a starring role in The Birds, and such high praise from the enigmatic master of cinema shock and suspense was rare indeed. "Like a dormant volcano we know one day is going to erupt," Hitchcock described her. "Get a look at that girl, she's going to be good. I gave her the leading part in The Birds. It is a big part. I think Svengali Hitch rides again."

In a cover article about The Birds in LOOK magazine (Dec. 4, 1962), Hitchcock continued to rave, "Tippi has a faster tempo, city glibness, more humor [than Grace Kelly]. She displayed jaunty assuredness, pertness, an attractive throw of the head. And she memorized and read lines extraordinarily well and is sharper in expression."

Although the critics were perplexed by the "end-less ending" of The Birds, the movie, which premiered at The Cannes Film Festival, was a sensation earning over $11,000,000 in the first few months, and is now a classic. Saturday Review's Arthur Knight wrote, "Hitchcock's newest 'find', Tippi Hedren is a decidedly lovely blonde." Her performance in the film earned her a Golden Globe award.

Camille Paglia, Professor of Humanities at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and author of several acclaimed books about women in film, and The Birds (BFI Publishing, 1998), a critical analysis of the film, wrote, "It's so unfair that Tippi Hedren has never had the credit she deserves for the two films she did with Hitchcock. I think the reason critics did not take her seriously is because she is too fashionable and therefore not 'serious'. The interplay between Hedren and [Suzanne] Pleshette in The Birds tells me more about women than any number of articles on feminist theory. Hitchcock captures the subtleties of females warring with each other; all those nuances of knives and guns conducted in looks and body language. He sculpts the human body in space. And I love the way Hedren handles cigarettes and a martini glass with such remarkable sophistication. It is gesturalism raised to the level of choreography."

The Countess From Hong Kong with Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren, directed by Chaplin, in what was to be the "Little Tramp's" final film.

The three films, back to back, were an auspicious start for the Minnesota girl of Scandinavian parentage. Between over twenty films and numerous television appearances, she's been involved in a wide variety of humanitarian and environmental causes, almost overshadowing her screen work.

As volunteer International Relief Coordinator for "FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY", she traveled worldwide to set up relief programs following earthquakes, hurricanes, famine and war. She aided "boat people" in the South China Sea from a "FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY" rescue ship. Lobbying efforts on behalf of Asian refugees have taken her before Congress and have earned her numerous awards including the "Humanitarian Award" presented to her by the B'hai Faith. She has been honored by the USO for entertaining troops in Vietnam and by the CELEBRITY OUTREACH FOUNDATION for her charitable work.

She began her long love affair with wild animals in 1969 while doing a film, Satan's Harvest, in Africa. She "met" a mellow lion, and much of her life since then has been devoted to the big cats.

Deeply involved with international conservation groups to save wildlife, and an outspoken voice against cruelty to animals, both wild and domestic, she's a board member of "The Wildlife Safari", founded by her friend, Frank Hart, in Winston, Oregon. She also served on the board of "The Elsa Wild Animal Appeal" founded by her friend, the late Joy Adamson. And currently, she is on the Board of Directors of Earth Communications Office (ECO), and President of the newly-formed "American Sanctuary Association." Her other charity work includes serving on The Board of Directors of The Women's Council of KCET (Channel 28), The Minnesota Film Council, The American Heart Association, The March of Dimes, Multiple Sclerosis, International Orphans, Inc., and several AIDS causes. She has been honored with "The Helen Woodward Animal Center's Annual Humane Award" (1995), the prestigious Founder's Award from the American Society or the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (1996) and the "Lion and Lamb Award" from Wildhaven (1997) for her work on behalf of animal rights and conservation.

Perhaps Tippi Hedren's most unique endeavor is being "den mother" and close friend to sixty-odd big cats - lion, tiger, leopard, cougar, and serval at The Roar Foundation's Shambala Preserve near Acton, California.

The high desert animal preserve is home to the felines and pachyderms and was first established as an African-type set for the motion picture, Roar, which Tippi co-produced and starred in with her daughter, film actress Melanie Griffith. After the five year filming was completed, it became the current, non-profit center for big cat care and research.

In keeping with her outlook on the environment and conservation, many of Shambala's residents are cast-offs from private owners, zoos and circuses. "They're living out their lives in safety and comfort." The Preserve is open to the public on a reservation basis. Tippi is founder and President of The Roar Foundation and resides at Shambala in a cottage surrounded by big cat compounds. "I awaken to their roars." The story of Tippi's life and the animals "dearest to her heart" was told in Simon & Schuster's The Cats of Shambala (1985).

Several documentaries have been produced about the Shambala Preserve including, Lions: Kings of the Serengeti by the Richard Diercks Co, Inc. which won the Telly Award in 1995 for outstanding video documentary; and Life With Big Cats (1998), produced for Animal Planet, which won the Genesis Award for best documentary in 1999.

Tippi continues to work frequently in motion pictures, theatre, episodic and cable television, and her contributions to world cinema have been honored with Life Achievement awards in France at The Beauvais Film Festival Cinemalia 1994, and in Spain by The Fundacion Municipal De Cine in 1995. In 1999, Tippi was honored as "Woman of Vision" by Women of Film and Video in Washington, D.C., and received the Presidential Medal for her work in film from Hofstra University. And in 2000, Tippi was honored as "Best Actress in a Comedy Short" in the film "Mulligans!" at the Method Fest, Independent Film Festival, and in 2002, Tippi won "best Actress" for the short film "Tea With Grandma" from the New York International Independent Film Festival.

Tippi was presented with an Honorary MFA degree in Acting for film from the New York Film Academy in January, 2012.

AUGUST

Family Sundown Safari

August 8 and August 15: 5:00pm -10:00am (the following morning)

Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family, and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner, a nighttime guided tour of the Zoo, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activities, storytelling, a Wildlife Theater show, a hot morning breakfast, and more. This program is available to all families in the East Bay and Bay Area. If you love nature, the Zoo, camping, and fun; this is the perfect program for you! Program fee is $75.00 per member, $85.00 per non-member; $70 per person for members if registering 5 or more / $80 per person for non-members if registering 5 or more Parking is FREE with this event.. Pre-registration is required, contact Education Reservations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (510) 632-9525, ext. 220. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605. To learn more visit www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

World Elephant Day

August 12: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Please join Oakland Zoo in celebrating World Elephant Day in honor of the 96 elephants a day that are poached in Africa for their ivory tusks. Learn about Oakland Zoo's conservation and legislative efforts to protect elephants worldwide. Wear grey and you'll get a special hand-made "96" pin, and take action by signing petitions and more! This event is included with general admission. Registration is not required. Contact: General Information Line Phone: (510) 632-9525 ext 100. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605.

Volunteer Day: Arroyo Viejo Habitat Restoration Creek Crew

August 15: 9:00am – 12:00pm

The Arroyo Viejo Creek Project is looking for community groups, families and individuals to help remove invasive species as well as sponsors for trail upkeep and outdoor classroom experiences. Sponsor the creek project by sending your team of volunteers on a Creek Crew Work Day, or contribute to our fund to keep the creek free of invasive species and our outdoor classrooms full of young learners. Parking and Zoo admission is FREE after the volunteer program is completed. For volunteer sign up, contact Olivia Lott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (510) 632-9525, ext 233. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605.

7th Annual Oakland Senior Summer Free Day

August 17: 10:00am- 4:00pm

Oakland residents 65+ receive free admission to Oakland Zoo. Seniors must be 65+ with valid identification and must be residents of Oakland. Oakland Zoo's Senior Summer Free Days are in partnership with the Oakland Vice Mayor Larry Reid. Oakland Seniors (65+) are free. All other guests must pay regular Zoo Admission. Parking Fee: $9.00 for non-members. FREE for members and seniors (65+). Please park in either the Upper Parking Lot or the Lower Parking Lot and proceed to the nearest entrance. Registration is not required. Contact: General Information Line
Phone: (510) 632-9525 x100. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605.

Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo

Friday, August 21, September 4, and October 16: 6:30pm -9:30pm

Put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of Zoovie magic with the whole family. Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in our auditorium for “Disney’s Bears.” Meet some of our nocturnal Education animals brought to you by Roosevelt, Oakland Zoo's costumed alligator mascot. Hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course) and popcorn will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own treats and traditional family movie fare. Let the show begin! $7 per adult and $7 per child to cover the costs of the Animal close-up program and snacks. If your group has 4 or more people, the price is $6 per adult and $6 per child. Note that the movies are a complimentary addition to the evening’s activities. Pre-registration is required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (510) 632-9525, ext. 220. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605. To learn more visit www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

Lion Appreciation Day

Saturday, August 22: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Lions are one of the most popular and iconic animals in the world - but the King of the Beasts is in trouble in the wild. It is estimated there are fewer than 30,000 lions left in all of Africa due to habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict, and our own California mountain lions face similar challenges. Learning about and appreciating lions helps, and you can be part of it. Zoo guests can learn more about these big cats through a variety of interactive ways. Activities include: lion treat creations, face painting, making paw print crafts, a lion “selfie” station, zookeeper chats, and tables hosted by three conservation partners (Bay Area Puma Project, Uganda Carnivore Program, and Mountain Lion Foundation).  Come on over to Oakland Zoo and roar for lions with us! This event is included with general admission. No registration is required. Contact: Carol Moen Wing. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 510 632-9525 x227. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605.

Teddy Bear Tea Party

August 23, & September 12: 9:30am- 12:00pm

It’s tea time at Oakland Zoo and you are cordially invited! Bring an adult, bring your stuffie, and learn all about one of our Zoo’s special animals. Enjoy a morning of snacks, activities, books and play while making and delivering an enrichment gift straight to the zoo animal you’ve been learning about. When the fun is done, your child will receive a surprise-filled treat bag to take home Program fee is $23.00 for current Oakland Zoo members and $26.00 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info contact Paula Booth at (510) 623-9525, ext. 220 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605. Please park in the Lower Parking Lot and proceed up the ramp to Maddie’s Center for Science and Environmental Education, Classroom 4. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

Volunteer Information Meeting

August 29: 10:00am

Come to Oakland Zoo’s new Volunteer Information meeting and sign up to be a part of our volunteer family. Pre-registration is required. Interested in meeting people, working with animals, and having fun? Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, learn a new skill, share your knowledge with others, and make a difference. Oakland Zoo is always looking for volunteers to help us in a variety of departments. Join the over 500 volunteers that donate their time and talents as part of the Oakland Zoo family. Contact Lisa O’Dwyer, Volunteer Programs Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (510) 632-9525, ext 141. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605.

SEPTEMBER

Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo

Friday, September 4, and October 16: 6:30pm -9:30pm

Put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of Zoovie magic with the whole family. Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in our auditorium for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Meet some of our nocturnal Education animals brought to you by Roosevelt, Oakland Zoo's costumed alligator mascot. Hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course) and popcorn will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own treats and traditional family movie fare. Let the show begin! $7 per adult and $7 per child to cover the costs of the Animal close-up program and snacks. If your group has 4 or more people, the price is $6 per adult and $6 per child. Note that the movies are a complimentary addition to the evening’s activities. Pre-registration is required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (510) 632-9525, ext. 220. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605. To learn more visit www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

Grandparent's Day at Oakland Zoo

Sunday, September 6: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Come celebrate Grandparent's Day at Oakland Zoo! What better way to spend time with your grandchildren than strolling through the Zoo to see our amazing animals and learning at the same time? Have a picnic lunch, enjoy the Children's Zoo, and ride the carousel in the Rides Area. Make the day a memorable one at Oakland Zoo. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

Winter Hours Have Begun!

Tuesday, September 8 to Friday, May 28: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Oakland Zoo will be open from 10:00pm to 4:00pm daily, from the day after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend. The Zoo will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Zoo Admission is $17.75 per adult and $13.75 per child/senior. Parking Fee: $9.00 for non-members. FREE for members. Please park in either the Upper Parking Lot or the Lower Parking Lot and proceed to the nearest entrance. Contact: Contact: General information Phone: (510) 632-9525 x100. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605.

Teddy Bear Tea Party

Select Saturdays and Sundays each month.

September 12: 9:30am- 12:00pm

It’s tea time at Oakland Zoo and you are cordially invited! Bring an adult, bring your stuffie, and learn all about one of our Zoo’s special animals. Enjoy a morning of snacks, activities, books and play while making and delivering an enrichment gift straight to the zoo animal you’ve been learning about. When the fun is done, your child will receive a surprise-filled treat bag to take home Program fee is $23.00 for current Oakland Zoo members and $26.00 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info contact Paula Booth at (510) 623-9525, ext. 220 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605. Please park in the Lower Parking Lot and proceed up the ramp to Maddie’s Center for Science and Environmental Education, Classroom 4. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

12th Annual Healthy Living Festival

Thursday, September 17: 8:00am - 2:00pm

This event is made possible by United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County. All participants must register to participate. Visit http://usoac.org/hlf.html for more information. United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County (USOAC) is a grassroots intergenerational organization dedicated to empowering older adults to address the issues that affect their quality of life. As a community based organization, United Seniors has an established track record of fighting for the rights of older adults throughout Alameda County for more than 25 years. They have over 7,000 members, including individuals, chapters, and affiliates throughout the entire county. For more information visit http://usoac.org/hlf.html or call (510) 729-0852.

Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series: Creating Hope for Chimpanzees

Friday, September 18, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Presented by Dr. Nancy Merrick, chimp researcher, author of "Among Chimpanzees: Field Notes from the Race to Save Our Endangered Relatives," and founder of ChimpSaver.org. Come learn about the risks wild chimps are facing as they struggle to co-exist with Africa's growing human population, and hear about efforts to improve the situation for both humans and wildlife. We'll highlight the chimps of Uganda's Budongo-Bugoma corridor, and discover why Oakland Zoo's efforts to support snare removal and other protections are so vital. Cost is $12.00- $20.00 sliding scale. Event is located at the Marian Zimmer Auditorium, in Zoo’s lower parking lot. All proceeds benefit the Budongo Snare Removal Project. No registration necessary and tickets available at the door. For more information about the event visit www.oaklandzoo.org or contact Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (510) 632-9525 ext.122. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605.

Volunteer Day: Arroyo Viejo Habitat Restoration Creek Crew

September 19: 9:00am – 12:00pm

The Arroyo Viejo Creek Project is looking for community groups, families and individuals to help remove invasive species as well as sponsors for trail upkeep and outdoor classroom experiences. Sponsor the creek project by sending your team of volunteers on a Creek Crew Work Day, or contribute to our fund to keep the creek free of invasive species and our outdoor classrooms full of young learners. Parking and Zoo admission is FREE after the volunteer program is completed. For volunteer sign up, contact Olivia Lott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (510) 632-9525, ext 233. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605.

7th Annual Oakland Senior Summer Free Day

September 21: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Oakland residents 65+ receive free admission to Oakland Zoo. Seniors must be 65+ with valid identification and must be residents of Oakland. Oakland Zoo's Senior Summer Free Days are in partnership with the Oakland Vice Mayor Larry Reid. Oakland Seniors (65+) are free. All other guests must pay regular Zoo Admission. Parking Fee: $9.00 for non-members. FREE for members and seniors (65+). Please park in either the Upper Parking Lot or the Lower Parking Lot and proceed to the nearest entrance. Registration is not required. Contact: General Information Line
at (510) 632-9525 x100. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605.

Parent's Night Off

Saturday, September 26: 5:30pm -10:00pm

Parent’s Days/Nights Off are designed with adults in mind - we offer a safe, fun-filled environment where you can drop off your children knowing they will have a blast playing and learning about wildlife. We will feed them, then take them on a guided walk in the Zoo to visit with the animals. Afterward, we will head back to our auditorium to meet an animal up-close and play some games. If it’s an evening program, we end the night with a movie on the big screen. We guarantee you will pick them up happier, smarter, and, exhausted! It's a win-win all ‘round! $45.00 per child and $30.00 for each additional sibling. Check in for Parent's Night Off will be done at the Education Center, outside of the Marian Zimmer Auditorium. Contact: Education Reservations Associate Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 510 632 9525 x220. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605.

OCTOBER

Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series: Action for Giraffes

Sunday, October 11, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

This evening’s talk is presented by Dr. Julian Fennessy, Conservation Scientist and Executive Director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. His experience in the field of giraffe conservation is something few others can boast, from individual field projects, supervision of students, population and country-wide assessments, to expert advisor on (sub) species conservation strategies. Julian has conducted numerous conservation expeditions across the continent, including in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Niger, Uganda and Zambia. Julian holds a PhD in Biological Science from the University of Sydney, Australia based on his work in Namibia - the ecology of the desert-dwelling giraffe in Namibia's northwest. His diverse skill base helps him tell a captivating story about giraffes and why they need help. Cost is $12.00- $20.00 sliding scale. Event is located at the Marian Zimmer Auditorium, in Zoo’s lower parking lot. All proceeds benefit the giraffe conservation. No registration necessary and tickets available at the door. For more information about the event visit www.oaklandzoo.org or contact Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (510) 632-9525 ext.122. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605.

Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo

October 16: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of Zoovie magic with the whole family. Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in our auditorium for “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” Meet some of our nocturnal Education animals brought to you by Roosevelt, Oakland Zoo's costumed alligator mascot. Hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course) and popcorn will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own treats and traditional family movie fare. Let the show begin! $7 per adult and $7 per child to cover the costs of the Animal close-up program and snacks. If your group has 4 or more people, the price is $6 per adult and $6 per child. Note that the movies are a complimentary addition to the evening’s activities. Pre-registration is required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (510) 632-9525, ext. 220. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605. To learn more visit www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

Volunteer Day: Arroyo Viejo Habitat Restoration Creek Crew

October 17: 9:00am – 12:00pm

The Arroyo Viejo Creek Project is looking for community groups, families and individuals to help remove invasive species as well as sponsors for trail upkeep and outdoor classroom experiences. Sponsor the creek project by sending your team of volunteers on a Creek Crew Work Day, or contribute to our fund to keep the creek free of invasive species and our outdoor classrooms full of young learners. Parking and Zoo admission is FREE after the volunteer program is completed. For volunteer sign up, contact Olivia Lott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (510) 632-9525, ext 233. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605.

Boo at the Zoo

Saturday, October 24 and Sunday October 25: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Visit the Oakland Zoo for our annual Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo! Stroll the Zoo in costume and collect yummy treats. Ride the spooky boo train and join the costume parade. Plus, get your face painted, make treats for the animals, and see how the animals at the Oakland Zoo celebrate Halloween. Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket. This event is included with general admission. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

NOVEMBER

Oakland Zoo Celebrates National Bison Day

Saturday, November 7: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Oakland Zoo is celebrating North America’s largest land mammal, the American bison. Interactive activities will take place such as “Beards for Bison,” where guests of any age can pose for photos with beards and take a stand for bison. There's also an opportunity to win a behind-the-scenes feeding with a bison. This event is included with general zoo admission. For more details, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (510) 632-9525, ext 167. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605.

Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series: Animals Asia

Tuesday, November 10, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

This evening’s talk is presented by Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia, and widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on the cruel bear bile industry. Animals Asia is devoted to ending the barbaric practice of bear bile farming and improving the welfare of animals in China and Vietnam. Animals Asia promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change. Animals Asia has been rescuing moon bears since 1994 and is the only organization with a bear sanctuary in China. More than 400 bears have been rescued and cared for at its award-winning bear sanctuaries in both China and Vietnam. Cost for this talk is $12.00- $20.00 sliding scale. Event is located at the Marian Zimmer Auditorium, in Zoo’s lower parking lot. All proceeds benefit Animals Asia. No registration necessary and tickets available at the door. For more information about the event visit www.oaklandzoo.org or contact Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (510) 632-9525 ext.122. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605.

Volunteer Day: Arroyo Viejo Habitat Restoration Creek Crew

November 15: 9:00am – 12:00pm

The Arroyo Viejo Creek Project is looking for community groups, families and individuals to help remove invasive species as well as sponsors for trail upkeep and outdoor classroom experiences. Sponsor the creek project by sending your team of volunteers on a Creek Crew Work Day, or contribute to our fund to keep the creek free of invasive species and our outdoor classrooms full of young learners. Parking and Zoo admission is FREE after the volunteer program is completed. For volunteer sign up, contact Olivia Lott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (510) 632-9525, ext 233. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605.

Thanksgiving – Oakland Zoo is Closed

Thursday, November 26

The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day so staff may spend the holiday with their families. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

DECEMBER

Oakland Zoo’s Zoolights – A Holiday Light Display

December 4 – January 3, 2016 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Hundreds of thousands of LED lights brightens Oakland Zoo’s night sky. Festivities include a candy cane land themed rides area “ADVENTURE LANDING” a night time adventure on the Outback Express Train, a light show, Santa Clause appearances on select dates (see Oakland Zoo calendar), and festive entertainment for the whole family. Parking is free. Zoolights is closed on December 24, & 25. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org  or call (510) 632-9525. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605.

Volunteer Day: Arroyo Viejo Habitat Restoration Creek Crew

December 19: 9:00am – 12:00pm

The Arroyo Viejo Creek Project is looking for community groups, families and individuals to help remove invasive species as well as sponsors for trail upkeep and outdoor classroom experiences. Sponsor the creek project by sending your team of volunteers on a Creek Crew Work Day, or contribute to our fund to keep the creek free of invasive species and our outdoor classrooms full of young learners. Parking and Zoo admission is FREE after the volunteer program is completed. For volunteer sign up, contact Olivia Lott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (510) 632-9525, ext 233. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA  94605.

Christmas – Oakland Zoo is Closed

Friday, December 25

The Zoo is closed on Christmas Day so staff may spend the holiday with their families. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:

The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at www.oaklandzoo.org.

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Oakland, CA, June 12, 2015…Oakland Zoo and the 96 Elephants campaign praise the California Assembly for passing AB 96, state legislation that would ban the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn in the state of California.

California is the second largest hub for ivory sales in the United States and ivory sales support the slaughter of elephants thousands of miles away in Africa. The Assembly has shown tremendous leadership by addressing this crucial issue. “Oakland Zoo commends Speaker Atkins and the Assembly for moving AB 96 forward,” said Dr. Parrott, President and CEO of Oakland Zoo. “This is a critical time for elephants and their survival, and as a progressive state we cannot contribute to their extinction. As a conservation organization focused on educating our visitors about the crisis, we'd like to thank those of you that took action with us on behalf of all elephants and rhinos to support a ban on the legal sales of Ivory and rhino horn in California.” 

Oakland Zoo and the 96 Elephants collation urge continued support of AB 96, and we will continue working with lawmakers as the bill moves to the California Senate, then on to Governor Brown whom we urge to sign AB 96 into law. Californians have an opportunity to show support of this critical issue. By banning the sale of all elephant ivory and ivory products, California can raise consumer awareness, reduce poaching pressures on elephants, and set a critical example for other countries. Please, Californians, ask your state lawmakers to support AB96. This bill is named for the 96 elephants killed each day in the name of ivory. Help pass legislation to ban ivory sales in our State, go to the below link and sign the letter: https://secure3.convio.net/wcs/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=687

The goal of 96 Elephants – named after the number of elephants gunned down each day in Africa by poachers – is to stop the killing, stop the trafficking and stop the demand. Banning the sale of ivory is a key step toward stopping the demand, and California is poised to play a direct role in saving elephants from the ravages of the illegal wildlife trade.

Oakland Zoo would like to thank our fellow bill sponsors Humane Society of the United States, Natural Resources Defense Council, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the California Association of Zoos and Aquariums and its dedicated members for their hard work in supporting Assembly passage of AB 96.

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:

The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at www.oaklandzoo.org.

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Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, New Line Cinema and RatPac Entertainment present a PG-13, 114 minute, Action, Drama, Thriller, directed by Brad Peyton, written by Carlton Cuse and Andre Fabrizio with a theater release date of May 29, 2015.

Name Oakland Zoo's Baby Boy Baboon

Oakland, CA…May 7, 2015 – Oakland Zoo announces the birth of two half-sibling baboons (male and female). Mothers, Krista and Maud, gave birth at Oakland Zoo within nineteen days of each other. Baby hamadryas baboon, Kabili, is the fourth female born at Oakland Zoo in two years. Her name is “Kabili,” which means honest, brave in Swahili. She was born on Saturday, March 14th. The second baby is a baby boy hamadryas baboon, born on Wednesday, April 1st.

Oakland Zoo is hosting a naming contest to name the first baby boy baboon born at the Zoo. The public is encouraged to go to http://www.oaklandzoo.org/name_the_baby.php and vote for their favorite baboon name. The three name options are: Muriu (pronounced Mahroo, meaning Son), Maliki (meaning King), or Mazi (meaning Sir). The names are Swahili. All funds raised from the naming contest will go towards enrichment items for animals at Oakland Zoo.

The two infants are the youngest of three older female siblings, Mocha, Kodee, and Mimi. The babies are half siblings as they share the same father, Martin, but have different mothers.

The youngsters can be seen on exhibit daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The mothers and babies do have access to their night house, should they want to be inside with their infants. Zookeepers are excited and encouraged by behaviors that indicate the Zoo’s two harems of baboons are reacting well to the new arrivals. “All of the youngsters are part of the same harem,” said Senior Keeper Adrienne Mrsny of Oakland Zoo. “The siblings are very curious about the new babies and with the mothers’ permissions will look at the babies, often trying to groom or play with them. Kabili is living up to her name (Swahili for brave) by following her much older sisters in climbing and walking around to explore the exhibit. The baby male spends much of his time gazing at the world around him as he holds onto his mom; he took his first steps during his second day on exhibit.”

The babies’ parents are troop leader, Martijn (fourteen years of age), Krista (19 years of age) and Maud (9 years of age). The group was relocated to Oakland in 2013 from the Emmen Zoo in the Netherlands. The international move was facilitated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which Oakland Zoo is accredited by and follows breeding recommendations.

Oakland Zoo has two troops of baboons that can be seen daily by the public from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Baboon Cliffs exhibit, located down the hill from the African Veldt. The Baboon Cliffs Exhibit opened in the fall of 2009 and is approximately 8,100 square feet in size. It includes a cascading waterfall, climbing structures, a spacious area for the baboons to roam, a night house facility, and offices for Zoo staff. Guests are able to observe all thirteen of the baboons from a large viewing deck.

ABOUT HAMADRYAS BABOONS:

Hamadryas baboons live in complex social structures. An adult male will have several females in his “harem” which he will protect in exchange for exclusive breeding rights. The females will develop relationships as well and assist each other with child rearing. While the males are not as involved as the females in rearing the infants, they are good fathers who will protect their offspring and as they get older they will sometimes play with them or otherwise allow them to join in their activities. 

A group of baboons is often referred to as a troop. They are generally 24 – 30 inches in length and can weigh up to 80 pounds (females weigh generally weigh around 40 pounds and males weigh 75-80 pounds). Hamadryas baboons eat vegetables, protein-rich insects, and some red meat. They have an active lifestyle and live to be around 30 – 40 years of age. Hamadryas baboons in the wild are found in Ethiopia, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. In the wild, baboons congregate in very large groups to sleep at night. During the day, they separate into smaller groups to forage for food. Throughout history, Hamadryas baboons were worshipped by Egyptians as the incarnation of their God, Thoth, who is often depicted with the head of a baboon.

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:

The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at www.oaklandzoo.org.

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(Washington, D.C. and Cupertino, CA, March 5, 2015) San José, the capital of Silicon Valley, has become the fourth and largest California city to enact bird-friendly building guidelines. Previously, ordinances were adopted by San Francisco in 2011 and Oakland in 2013, while guidelines were adopted by Sunnyvale in 2014.

The implementation of Bird-Safe Building Design Standards in San José concludes several months of research led by the San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) and collaborative work with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (SCVAS) and the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club. San José’sguidelines are based on American Bird Conservancy’s Bird Friendly Building Design and will be applied citywide on a voluntary basis.

“We are very excited that the city has taken action to reduce the risk of bird collision with glass windows and building facades. It shows that nature and birds are an important part of the city’s sustainable future and are valued by San José’s residents, leadership, and city staff,” said Dr. Shani Kleinhaus, Environmental Advocate for SCVAS, who actively worked with city staff on this action. “It is especially important for San José because we are located in the Pacific Flyway Migration Corridor and as such, many millions of birds move through this area twice a year.”

Birds strike glass because they cannot see it as an obstacle. They fly into reflections of trees and sky, or attempt to fly through transparent glass walls. Collision with glass is now implicated in the decline of many migratory species in the United States.

“Without question, bird collisions are one of the most significant causes of bird mortality worldwide. It’s a problem that is probably escalating every year,” said Dr. Christine Sheppard, Birds Collisions Campaign Manager for American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and one of the world’s leading experts on the issue. 

“Implementation of Bird-Friendly Building Guidelines constitutes a giant step forward in better protecting our birds and wildlife. Anything we can do to reduce the hazards our environment poses for local and migratory birds is the right thing to do,” said Mike Ferreira, Conservation Chair for the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club.

“We worked closely with our city departments and non-profit partners to craft and implement a new set of bird-friendly guidelines in San José to protect birds and wildlife,” said Kerrie Romanow, director of the San José ESD. “We continue to work with our local partners to reach common goals and protect wildlife and the environment.”

ESD staff have developed a factsheet and checklist that provide information on bird-safe design and outline voluntary bird-safe building measures, such as recommendations to:

  • Reduce large areas of transparent or reflective glass.
  • Avoid transparent glass skyways, walkways, and entryways, as well as free-standing glass walls and transparent building corners.
  • Avoid the funneling of open space toward a building façade.
  • Strategically place landscaping to reduce reflection and views of foliage through glass.
  • Reduce or eliminate up-lighting and spotlights on buildings.
  • Turn non-emergency lighting off at night, especially during bird migration season (February-May and August-November).

“Parts of this problem are very simple to understand. For example, cues like window frames and even dirt tell people where to expect glass. Birds don’t learn these cues and so they take reflections literally or try to fly through transparent glass to reach something beyond it,” according to Dr. Sheppard.

Dr. Sheppard authored the widely used Bird-Friendly Building Design publication (available at collisions.abcbirds.org), which provides comprehensive solutions to reduce bird mortality from building collisions. The 58-page publication also focuses on the causes of collisions and provides a detailed appendix on the biological science behind the issue. 

Reduction of bird strikes with new buildings can be achieved with simple and cost-effective means, said Dr. Kleinhaus. With appropriate architectural design, many bird hazards can simply be avoided. Also, visual cues may be implemented. For example, fritting—the placement of ceramic lines or dots on glass—is often already used to reduce air conditioning costs by lowering heat gain in windows. When fritting is applied in patterns that birds can see, it reduces the likelihood of collisions while still allowing people to enjoy natural light and to see out clearly from the inside of the building.

In Silicon Valley, companies such as Facebook and Intuit are applying bird-friendly frit to glass windows and facades in their new campuses.

While bird conservationists have long known that a large number of birds are killed each year by glass, the issue of fatal bird collisions gained national attention following release of the most comprehensive study of its kind, the peer-reviewed, “Bird–building Collisions in the United States: Estimates of Annual Mortality and Species Vulnerability.” The study was authored by federal scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It found that between 365 and 988 million birds are likely killed in the United States each year as a result of collisions with buildings.

  

Some species seem disproportionately vulnerable to collision with buildings.  In San José, vulnerable species include: Anna’s Hummingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Lesser Goldfinch, Hermit Thrush, Varied Thrush, American Robin, and Cooper’s Hawk.

In July 2014, Dr. Kleinhaus submitted an opinion letter that was published in the San José Mercury News titled, “Birds and glass: San Josécan prevent needless deaths of birds with building rules.

ABC's efforts to reduce fatal bird collisions in the U.S. are made possible in part by the generous support of the Leon Levy Foundation.

American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere’s bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society’s mission is to preserve, to enjoy, to restore and to foster public awareness of native birds and their ecosystems, mainly in Santa Clara County. To accomplish this mission we promote scientifically sound conservation strategies, educate our community about the benefits of preserving and enjoying nature, and support research into maintaining, restoring and understanding native ecosystems, particularly those of birds.

The Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter offers hikes and outdoor recreation for people of all ages, advocates for policies that protect our natural environment, supports environmental candidates for public office, and provides opportunities for people who want to develop leadership skills to give back to the community and help the environment.

Farm Sanctuary Defends California’s Right to Ban the Production and Sale of Cruelly Produced Foie Gras

                    

In response to a California district court’s decision to overturn a portion of the state’s law that bans the production and sale of cruelly produced foie gras, Farm Sanctuary issued the following statement:

 

“On January 7, a federal district court judge invalidated California’s ban on the sale of foie gras, a ban that Farm Sanctuary and our supporters actively worked to get passed in 2004. The judge erroneously ruled that an unrelated federal law, the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), preempts the California foie gras ban.

 

Farm Sanctuary believes that the judge clearly decided this case incorrectly. The PPIA regulates only poultry slaughter, labeling, and ingredients, and not cruel farming practices. Accordingly, in order to conclude that the foie gras sales ban was unconstitutional, the judge, in an opinion that defies logic, held that the force-feeding of geese and ducks, constitutes an “ingredient.” Force feeding is clearly not an ingredient. It is a cruel farming practice, which is still banned in California and in more than a dozen other countries.

 

Unfortunately, the judge’s ruling means that foie gras — a product of egregious cruelty to farm animals that would be a felony if inflicted on dogs or cats — will now be sold in California restaurants. To prevent this injustice, Farm Sanctuary urges the California Attorney General to promptly appeal the district court’s convoluted decision to the Ninth Circuit and seek an immediate stay on the decision pending the outcome of the appeal. This action is necessary so that the will of the majority of California’s citizens, who support the ban on this horrific practice, may prevail.  

At Farm Sanctuary, we are privileged to provide a loving home to ducks who have survived the horrors of foie gras. Living at our New York Shelter right now are Monet and Matisse, who were left here anonymously after they were rescued from a foie gras facility. They arrived with sores on their bills from the force-feeding pipe; cuts, scrapes, and broken feathers attested to the cramped cages where they were confined and to rough handling by workers, who hold struggling birds as feed is pumped into their bodies.

Understandably, rescued foie gras ducks have been among the most terrified animals we’ve welcomed to our shelters. During their first days with us, Monet and Matisse were subdued, hiding in the corner whenever caregivers approached. Then one day, while being weighed, Monet did something he’d probably been longing to do for weeks at the foie gras factory: He opened his wings and flapped. Emboldened by his friend, Matisse tried it too. Soon both ducks were joyfully spreading their wings, thrilled to embrace their new lives. All ducks deserve such freedom from fear and pain. California’s foie gras ban offered hope of an end to their suffering.

Even in the face of yesterday’s decision, we are determined to keep that hope alive. And we encourage you to do so as well. Please urge restaurants with foie gras on their menus, and stores with foie gras on their shelves, to stop selling this diseased product and to sell one of the many delicious vegan pates instead.”  

Farm Sanctuary operates three shelters in New York and California that provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals, works to change laws to decrease abuse of farm animals, and promotes compassionate vegan living.

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Oakland, CA, January 7, 2015 -- Oakland Zoo has secured final permits from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers for its much-anticipated California Trail Exhibit. These permits, following final Oakland City Council approval of a conservation easement for the project, are the last steps to move the project forward.

“Oakland Zoo is poised to deliver on its promise to Oakland and the Bay Area through the California Trail Exhibit,” said Nik Dehejia, the Zoo’s Chief Financial Officer and Project Director for the California Trail Exhibit. “The project is a thoughtfully designed unique nature education project that will allow visitors to experience grizzly bears, bison, and grey wolves. It will also give guests the opportunity to learn about how humans can successfully co-exist with mountain lions and black bears, and understand the remarkable story of the California condor,” Dehejia added. This expansion will provide new opportunities for students, families, scientists, researchers, and others to learn, appreciate, and feel compassion for California’s wildlife.

Following more than ten public hearings, multiple community and neighborhood meetings, an exhaustive environmental review, as well as voter approval and funding for the project, Oakland Zoo is elated to receive final permits for the California Trail Exhibit from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service on December 10, 2014, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on December 18, 2014, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers on December 24, 2014.

“The conservation easement required by these resource agencies will greatly improve habitat conditions for the Alameda whipsnake,” said Jim Martin of Environmental Collaborative, the lead biologist for the California Trail Exhibit. “The proposed habitat management activities are proven practices for protecting and enhancing Alameda whipsnake habitat and improving habitat values for other native wildlife.”

Through the California Trail Exhibit, the Zoo will continue its leadership role in wildlife conservation. Today, the Zoo operates a state-of-the-art LEED Gold Veterinary Hospital, providing care, conservation, and research of Zoo animals and critically endangered species, such as the California condor, Western pond turtle, and mountain yellow-legged frog. As part of the California Trail Exhibit’s habitat protection and conservation plans, the Zoo will protect the endangered Alameda Whipsnake and other species in Knowland Park, ensuring wildlife is better protected than it is today.

“With more than $60M secured in public/private funding for the California Trail Exhibit, including $7M from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Oakland Zoo is ready to break ground this year,” says Dehejia.

“The California Trail Exhibit strikes the right balance between conservation and recreation, facilitating the future of one Knowland Park. More than 75% (375 acres) of Knowland Park remains open space for dog walkers, hikers, and others who wish to enjoy the Park, while providing access for thousands to view the twenty acres of animal and educational exhibits,” said Ken Benson, Oakland resident and long-time neighbor at the footsteps of Knowland Park and the Zoo.

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:

The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 525-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at www.oaklandzoo.org.

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Paramount Pictures and Winkler Films present a 111 minute, R rated, Crime, Drama, Thriller, directed by Rupert Wyatt, written by William Monahan and James Toback with a theater release date of December 25, 2014.

Oakland, CA…May 29, 2014 – Oakland Zoo is happy to announce a new arrival, a baby hamadryas baboon named “Mimi.” The name “Mimi” is Swahili for “I am.” She was born on Wednesday, May 21st in the early morning hours. When zookeepers arrived to work, the baby was found nursing with her mother, Maya. After settling into her surroundings for the past week, she can now be seen daily by the public.

Mimi is the third baby baboon born at Oakland Zoo during the last year and a half. Her older siblings, Kodee and Mocha, are very curious about their little sister. Zookeepers say both troops of baboons are reacting well to the new addition.

 “This new baby is great because not only do we have parent raised baboons, but the other two youngsters are able to witness and participate in infant care, which will only make them better mothers in the future,” said Margaret Rousser, Zoological Manager at Oakland Zoo.

The baby’s parents are troop leader, Martijn (thirteen years of age) and Maya (nine years of age). The group was relocated to Oakland in 2013 from the Emmen Zoo in the Netherlands. The international move was facilitated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which Oakland Zoo is accredited by and follows breeding recommendations.

Oakland Zoo has two troops of baboons that can be seen daily by the public from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Baboon Cliffs exhibit, located down the hill from the African Veldt. The Baboon Cliffs Exhibit opened in the fall of 2009 and is approximately 8,100 square feet in size. It includes a cascading waterfall, climbing structures, a spacious area for the baboons to roam, a night house facility, and offices for Zoo staff. Guests are able to observe all eleven of the baboons from a large viewing deck.

ABOUT HAMADRYAS BABOONS:

Hamadryas baboons live in complex social structures. An adult male will have several females in his “harem” which he will protect in exchange for exclusive breeding rights. The females will develop relationships as well and assist each other with child rearing. While the males are not as involved as the females in rearing the infants, they are good fathers who will protect their offspring and as they get older they will sometimes play with them or otherwise allow them to join in their activities. 

A group of baboons is often referred to as a troop. They are generally 24 – 30 inches in length and can weigh up to 80 pounds (females weigh generally weigh around 40 pounds and males weigh 75-80 pounds). Hamadryas baboons eat vegetables, protein-rich insects, and some red meat. They have an active lifestyle and live to be around 30 – 40 years of age. Hamadryas baboons in the wild are found in Ethiopia, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. In the wild, baboons congregate in very large groups to sleep at night. During the day, they separate into smaller groups to forage for food. Throughout history, Hamadryas baboons were worshipped by Egyptians as the incarnation of their God, Thoth, who is often depicted with the head of a baboon.

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:

The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at www.oaklandzoo.org.

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