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Meet the animals at the Oakland Zoo

on January 7, 2011

Up in the Oakland hills, the Oakland Zoo spreads across 45 acres and offers up attractions such as the African Savanna, Children’s Zoo, Tropical Rain Forest and Australian Outback to explore. With 440 types of different animal species, from lions to lemurs to lesser flamingos, it’s hard to get it all in with one days visit.

“Our signature animal is the African elephant,” says Nicky Mora, the zoo’s senior manager in marketing. “We’re the only zoo in Northern California that has African elephants.” The four elephants that live here have six acres of land to graze on.

Last July, the zoo opened a new permanent exhibit called the “Australian Outback.” To see the walleroos and emus in this exhibit, visitors to the zoo can take a small train ride around the hill and through the area where these animals roam. Mora says they’re planning to get more animals for their outback soon.

The Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road and is open seven days a week from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission for children under two is free, for children ages two to 14 is $8.50 and it’s $12.50 for adults. Parking is $7.

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