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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TPR News
Saturday, August 1, the 213th day of 2015. There are 152 days left in the year.Crew
Jon Patch - Host
Dr. Jarred - Vet/CoHost
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Devon Thompson - Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests - Caitlin Quinn, Assistant Director of Animal Farm Foundation will join Jon and Talkin' Pets at 5 PM EST 8/01/15 to discuss the truth about the majority of "Pit Bull" dog owners
Adrian Pettyan, Caru CEO and co-founder will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/1/15 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away their Soft "N Tasty Caru Treats

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Saturday, July 25, the 206th day of 2015. There are 159 days left in the year.Crew
Jon Patch - Host
JILLYN SIDLO - Co Host
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests:
Let the Celebration Begin - The Annual Party and Fundraiser for Matilda is about to begin at The Algonquin Hotel In NYC - Long time friend Alice De Almeida will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/25/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss the event
John Davidson from BioFog Inc. creators of SCOE10X will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/25/15 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away his pet odor eliminator

Oakland Zoo Teams up with PG&E for Year Four of Summer Internship Program

Oakland, CA …July 13, 2015 – Oakland Zoo teams up with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and local youth organizations for year four of the PG&E Youth Employment Training Internship Program. The goal of the internship program is to create jobs and develop informed citizens that are capable of understanding complex issues and making educated decisions about the future of our environment. Oakland Zoo’s Youth Internship and Employment Training Project will train, engage, and motivate underserved teens and young adults in Alameda County to develop an awareness of the jobs available to students with a background in science, cultivate an interest and sustain a working knowledge of these careers, and ultimately prepare students for careers in science and its related fields.

There are a total of ten interns participating in 2015, and they are split into three categories: Health and Science (Animal Care, Conservation and Research and Veterinary departments), Land Management (Grounds and Horticulture departments), and Business (Administration, Human Resources, Accounting, and Marketing departments). Young people were referred to this internship program by several local youth employment organizations. East Bay based non-profits, Marriott Foundation’s Bridges from School to Work program and Youth Uprising (YU) are two of Oakland Zoo’s community partners that helped find interns for this program. “Oakland Zoo representatives have committed themselves to working directly with Bridges counselors to create interview opportunities for young adults who are ready to work,” said Andrew Selby, Employer Representative II, Marriott Foundation, Bridges from School to Work. “In the last several years, over thirty Bridges participants have been hired at the Zoo, giving them invaluable experience and skills to help prepare them for future success. Through this partnership, the Oakland Zoo continuously demonstrates their commitment not only to youth, but the entire Oakland community.”

Daily intern activities include: animal diet preparation, habitat maintenance, guest interaction, learning about animal behaviors and conservation, customer service, office administration, garden and grounds maintenance, and landscape design. The interns must work twenty-four hours per week and participate in reflection sessions, where they discuss their on-the-job experiences with each other. The program aims to help students receive invaluable work readiness skills focusing on communication techniques, time management, accountability, team work, and understanding the importance of workplace protocols. Upon completion of the program, interns entering into college are provided $500 scholarships to cover eligible college-level education expenses. “We are grateful for Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s commitment to education and youth development through Oakland Zoo’s PG&E Summer Internship Program,” said Nik Dehejia, Chief Financial Officer at Oakland Zoo. “Through their generous funding, Oakland Zoo is proud to provide high school students with exposure to different career pathways while providing a platform to enhance their learning and leadership skills.” Interns interested in employment at Oakland Zoo also have the opportunity to be considered for hire on appropriate part-time or full-time positions.

PG&E has generously provided the funding for this program since its inception, supporting it as part of its commitment to providing jobs for underserved youth throughout its 70,000 square mile service area. “PG&E’s collaboration with the Oakland Zoo these past many years has been a true partnership which has helped dozens of Oakland youth gain unique experiences in the many facets of career experiences the Zoo offers,” noted Travis Kiyota, PG&E Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “PG&E’s strong involvement in the Oakland and East Bay Community has centered around assuring our customers are safe, have economic development opportunities, and provide a workforce and educational pathway for our young people to success,” Kiyota added.

Thanks to PG&E’s support and inspired investment along with commitment from community youth programs, Oakland Zoo’s PG&E Youth Employment and Training program has proven to be a great success and will continue to grow and expand for years to come.

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. ###

Caged in a metal beast wagon, Born Free wants to rehome Jora and Black to South African sanctuary

Washington D.C., July 6, 2015 -- Today, an appeal for the rescue of Bulgaria's last two circus lions was launched by the Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA, in a bid to secure their relocation to the international wildlife charity's sanctuary at Shamwari, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Jora and Black (due to the latter’s distinguishing black mane) are two, seven-year-old lions known to be brothers. They are caged in a metal beast wagon in the back yard of an ex-circus trainer's remote mountain lodge near the capital, Sofia.  With no readily available water supply or shade, and pending summer temperatures that will turn their barred container into oven temperatures, these animal’s terrible plight has made international headlines and pulled at the heartstrings of animal lovers around the world.

According to legendary actress and animal activist Virginia McKenna OBE, co-founder of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, “It is hard to exaggerate how the heat of the summer will affect these magnificent animals in their cramped quarters but, on the positive side, we are very pleased that their owners have agreed to Born Free rehoming them in one of our sanctuaries. We do hope that, with public support, this will become a reality. They certainly deserve, at last, to walk on grass and rest in the shade of trees.”

The lions were taken in as small cubs and were part of a traditional circus act travelling Eastern Europe and Turkey. They performed until the end of summer 2014, but due to a government ban that came into force at the beginning of the year, Bulgaria now prohibits the use of wild animals in circuses - a move that has been widely welcomed by animal welfare experts.

Jora and Black's elegant feline features are in stark contrast to the shabby tin can cage that has been their home for many years. With little to no environmental enrichment, and with each cage measuring some 2.5 meters, it barely allows them to move around as they stare out and intermittently nuzzle and paw each other.

Dr. John Knight, Born Free's Senior Veterinary Consultant added, “Although they appear to be in good health, the conditions in which they live are totally inappropriate. Jora is lame and once he is in our care we will be able to give him the required examinations and treatments.”

Born Free is now actively working with the owners, who are co-operating, to secure Jora and Black's future, and a move to Born Free’s renowned rescue centre at Shamwari, which is already home to a number of lions and leopards rescued from a dire life in captivity.

Black and Jora video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=polL5v5x7Os

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. Born Free takes action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animal suffering. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and works to phase out zoos. The Foundation rescues animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and gives them lifetime care. Born Free protects lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, polar bears, dolphins, marine turtles, and many more species in their natural habitats, working with local communities to help people and wildlife live together without conflict. The Foundation’s high-profile campaigns change public attitudes, persuade decision-makers, and get results. Every year, Born Free helps hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide. More at www.bornfree.org.uk.

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to North America the message of “compassionate conservation”—the vision of the United Kingdom-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org; www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa; and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

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Born Free urges greater protection for Africa’s lions following confirmation of catastrophic population declines

International science body highlights dire status of King of the Jungle

 

Following the release yesterday of a lion assessment by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA are urging immediate international action to halt catastrophic recent declines in lion populations across Africa.

In its most up-to-date assessment of the species, IUCN, the world’s oldest and largest global environmental scientific organisation, reported devastating reductions in lion populations across much of the African continent. The new assessment revealed:

  • The number of lions across Africa has reduced by approximately 42% over the past 21 years (approximately three lion generations, 1993-2014)
  • Excluding Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, lions across the rest of Africa have declined by an average 60%
  • In West Africa, the declines suggest lions should be classified as Critically Endangered
  • Lions have disappeared altogether from at least 12, possibly up to 16, African countries in recent years.

“The IUCN reassessment confirms what we have known for some time: that lions are in serious decline across much of Africa,” said Adam M. Roberts, Chief Executive of the Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA.

“The trade data suggests that international trade in lion parts and products is putting pressure on these vulnerable lion populations, which they clearly can’t sustain. We call on the international community to increase the protection for lions from the impact of trade through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to issue its long-overdue final rule on listing the lion as endangered under the US Endangered Species Act.”

Trade in lions and lion parts has been increasing. According to the official CITES trade database, from 2009 to 2013 the total number of lions and lion parts exported doubled compared to the previous five year period. The figures reveal particularly worrying increases in the trade in lion bones and skeletons (presumably to supply demand for Asian traditional medicines and tonics), skins, and trophies from captive bred animals.

“These iconic animals can’t wait,” added Roberts. “Lions used to roam all over Africa, west Asia and even southern Europe. Now we risk seeing them disappear from much of their remaining sub-Saharan African range. We cannot sit by and watch this species disappear under our watch.”

Born Free is working with the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and African lion experts to improve collaboration between African range states on lion conservation, identify the reasons for the reported declines, and help range states to reverse them.

About Born Free

The  Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, devoted to   compassionate conservation and animal welfare. Born Free takes action worldwide to protect  threatened species and stop individual animal suffering. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and works to phase out zoos. We rescue animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and give them lifetime care.

Born Free protects lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, polar bears, dolphins, marine turtles and many more species in their natural habitat, working with local communities to help people and wildlife live together without conflict. Our high-profile campaigns change public attitudes, persuade decision-makers and get results. Every year, Born Free helps hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide. For more information about Born Free please visit: www.bornfree.org.uk

New campaign and online video encourage the public to support stronger federal animal fighting sentencing guidelines

To view the ASPCA’s video, please visit: [http://www.aspca.org/GetTough]

NEW YORK— Following today’s commendable decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) to consider revising the federal sentencing guidelines for animal fighting, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is launching a campaign -- including a compelling new video -- urging the public to actively support stronger sentencing guidelines.

The current sentencing guidelines do not reflect the maximum penalty allowed under federal law, which can discourage federal prosecutors from pursuing animal fighting charges that may only yield a sentence as paltry as six months in jail.

“The current guidelines for dog fighting are woefully inadequate, and don’t come close to matching the heightened seriousness with which Congress, law enforcement, and the public view this barbaric activity,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA President & CEO. “By proposing to amend the animal fighting guidelines, the U.S. Sentencing Commission moves us one step closer to giving judges the tools they need to punish these criminals more appropriately, as well as to deter potential criminals.”

In 2008, Congress acknowledged the depravity of dog fighting by increasing the maximum penalty for participating in animal fighting from 3 to 5 years. They again strengthened animal fighting statutes a few years later when they made attending an animal fight a federal offense and added additional penalties for bringing a child. However, federal sentencing guidelines have not been updated to include these increased penalties, creating a discrepancy between what is allowed under federal law and what is expressed in sentencing guidelines. As a result, convicted dog fighters are receiving unacceptably weak sentences.

To help raise awareness about the need for stronger sentences, the ASPCA has released a video as part of their #GetTough campaign to crack down on animal fighting. Featuring interviews with the public, the video reveals the surprise and disappointment of average Americans once they become aware of the terrible disparity between horrific animal crimes and their inadequate penalties.

“This video clearly illustrates the strong public sentiment that dog fighting is a vicious blood sport that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. “Congress already spoke up on behalf of animals when they strengthened the federal laws on animal fighting, and we hope the U.S. Sentencing Commission will follow their lead.”

Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Although illegal everywhere in the U.S., dog fighting still occurs in every part of the country and in every type of community.  For more information on the ASPCA’s #GetTough campaign and their work to end dog fighting, please visit http://www.aspca.org/GetTough.

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Seven equine rescues receive grants to recognize their efforts to protect horses

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today revealed the seven winners of the 2015 ASPCA Help a Horse Day contest, a nationwide grant competition for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the year-round work they do to save and care for at-risk horses. The three grand prize winners received $10,000 each, while the runners up were awarded $5,000 to support their ongoing efforts to protect horses. The winning groups include:

$10,000 Grand Prize Winners:

  • All About Equine Animal Rescue, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
  • Horses of Tir Na Nog, San Diego, Calif.
  • The Pegasus Project, Ben Wheeler, TX

$5,000 Prize Winners:

  • Freedom Hill Horse Rescue, Owings, Md.
  • Horse Haven of Tennessee Inc., Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Livestock and Equine Awareness and Rescue Network (LEARN), Meggett, S.C.
  • RVR Horse Rescue Inc., Riverview, Fla.

“In only its second year, the ASPCA Help a Horse Day celebration has grown to include even more groups, and we are thrilled to see the energy and effort that went into engaging their communities and spreading their message about how to protect horses,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “The winning rescue groups embody the spirit and hope behind ASPCA Help a Horse Day and we are pleased to award them these grants to help pay for the vital services they provide every day of the year.”

More than 100 equine rescue groups held events across 33 states during the weekend of April 24-26, and the winners were selected based on the creativity of their events, as well as their success engaging their local communities. This year’s winning events included a Ponypalooza event for families with games and prizes, which also featured members of the U.S. Air Force and local Boy Scout troops engaging in a shelter construction project; a family carnival with pony rides and a “Muggin’ with the Mule” photo booth; the creation of a Help a Horse Posse and Sponsorship program that allowed community members to sponsor horses; and Dancing for the Horses, which paired local celebrities with professional dancers to compete in honor of a rescued horse. One group even hosted an aviation festival in keeping with their theme of giving rescue horses their wings.  Participating rescues also worked to recruit new volunteers, expand their support base, collect donated supplies, and find homes for adoptable horses.

ASPCA Help a Horse Day is celebrated annually on April 26 – a date chosen for its significance to the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for horse mistreatment on April 26 of that year. The protection of horses has been a core part of the ASPCA mission ever since, which includes supporting equine welfare legislation, public advocacy, professional development, horse rescue, and targeted grants.

In addition to the grants contest, the ASPCA also launched a petition on TakePart.com, which has generated over 24,000 signatures, urging the U.S. Congress to pass a federal ban on horse slaughter. Each year, approximately 150,000 American horses are purchased and trucked to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered for human consumption. The vast majority of these horses (92 percent, according to the USDA) are in good physical condition and could go on to lead productive lives in loving homes. Horse slaughter is especially inhumane because horses, skittish by nature, are extremely difficult to render unconscious before slaughter.

For more information on the ASPCA’s efforts to protect horses, please visit http://www.aspca.org/get-involved/horses.

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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