Donate Produce to Elephants at Oakland Zoo For Feast for the Beasts Event

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Bi-Annual Event at Oakland Zoo called "Christmas for the Elephants" by Elephant ZooKeepers

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Saturday marks Oakland Zoo’s bi-annual Feast for the Beasts event (9:00am – 3:00pm). The public is encouraged to donate fresh produce to the elephants. Because of unusually rainy weather this year, terrain inside the exhibit is muddy, uneven and considered unsafe for guests. As a result, guests will unfortunately not be allowed to enter the elephant exhibit to spread produce as usual at our Feast for the Beasts events.

ZooKeepers will spread all donated produce, and once all the fruits and vegetables are in place, visitors will be able to watch the Zoo’s four African elephants (Lisa, M’dunda, Donna, and Osh) happily devour their favorite treats. Each person who donates produce will receive a free ride ticket. Thank you Primal Pet Foods for being the presenting sponsor of Feast for the Beasts.

***Media Advisory: The best video and photo opportunities will be at 10:30am when the elephants are allowed into their exhibit to discover all the fresh produce placed there by ZooKeepers earlier in the morning (from 9:45am – 10:30am)

Besides the Elephant Feeding, many other feedings are happening during Feast for the Beast.

Feeding Schedule for Saturday, 3/26

  •     10:30am        Elephant Feeding
  •     11:00am        Bat Feeding
  •     11:30am        Black throated monitor Feeding
  •     11:30am        Giraffe Feeding
  •     11:45am        Meerkat Feeding
  •     12:45pm        Baboon Feeding
  •     1:00pm        Tiger Feeding
  •     1:15pm        Otter Feeding
  •     1:30pm        Lemur Feeding
  •     2:00pm        Alligator Feeding
  •     3:00pm        Coati Feeding
  •     3:30pm        Sun Bear Feeding

The Feast for the Beasts event is included with regular Oakland Zoo admission, $13.75 for children (2-14) and seniors (65 -75), $17.75 for adults. Children under age 2 and seniors 76 years of age and older are FREE. Parking is $9.00 per vehicle. For more information, please call (510) 632-9525 or go to:

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 the humane treatment of animals and wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide; with 25¢ from each ticket donated to support conservation partners and programs around the world. The California Trail, a transformational project that more than doubles our size, opens in 2018, and will further our commitment to animal care, education, and conservation with a focus on this state’s remarkable native wildlife. 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.

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Erin Harrison
Oakland Zoo
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