Oakland Zoo's Expansion Plans Approved By the Oakland City Council

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On June 21, 2011, the Oakland City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the East Bay Zoological Society’s 1998 Master Plan, to upgrade and expand the Zoo with a new veterinary hospital and California Project. This vote opens the door for the construction of the California Trail Project, which along with a veterinary hospital will include 30-acres of open space habitat and 20‐acres of exciting new exhibits featuring regionally extinct animals such as the grizzly bear. Diverse native plant life and rich, local cultural history will add to the hillside vistas and park experience.

On June 21, 2011, the Oakland City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the East Bay Zoological Society’s 1998 Master Plan, to upgrade and expand the Zoo with a new veterinary hospital and California Project. This vote opens the door for the construction of the California Trail Project, which along with a veterinary hospital will include 30-acres of open space habitat and 20‐acres of exciting new exhibits featuring regionally extinct animals such as the grizzly bear. Diverse native plant life and rich, local cultural history will add to the hillside vistas and park experience.

During the meeting, Council President Larry Reid said: “I think the zoo is one of the most incredible places in this region.” Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente, added, “I don’t think this is a tough decision. There is no way the city can turn away from this project.”

The California Trail exhibit is designed to promote conservation and environmental stewardship with exhibits underscoring the delicate balance among plants, animals, and humans and the impact of change on all three. It features once native animals including grizzly bear, and wolf, as well black bear, mountain lion, and bald eagle, designed to tell the story of California. Through expanded and enhanced education programming and exceptional animal and botanical exhibits and interpretives, the California Project will connect and inspire a new generation to care for their community.

“This is a great time for the zoo and the city of Oakland,” said Dr. Joel Parrott Oakland Zoo Executive Director, “we are excited to move the project forward and appreciate the vote of confidence from the city council and all of our supporters.”

The East Bay Zoological Society EBZS is celebrating 75 years. The society has managed and operated both the Zoo and surrounding Knowland Park for the City of Oakland since 1982. Under its management, the Oakland Zoo presents an award-winning experience for visitors, fosters knowledge and understanding of animals and the environment through educational programs, and has earned national awards and international acclaim for its animal management and endangered species programs. Over the years, exhibit by exhibit, the Oakland Zoo has been reinvigorated and revitalized, making it a place where animals thrive and visitors enjoy. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.oaklandzoo.org.

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