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  • Oakland Zoo
    Oakland Zoo was first established in 1922, but it didn?t find its permanent home until 1939, when it was thoughtfully constructed amid the rolling hills of Knowland Park. Today, Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 animals, who thrive in biomes designed to mimic their natural environments. The sprawling African savannah is one of the zoo?s largest habitats, housing hyenas, zebras, elephants, and giraffes. The centerpiece is a 1.5-acre lion exhibit called Simba Pori, which translates to lion county in Swahili. Inside, a pride of lions freely roam an enclosure outfitted with kopje rock structures, a pond, and a booth where the king can sign autographs. Over in the rainforest habitat, chimpanzees and white-handed gibbons swing through the treetops. Emus and wallaroos?a cousin of the wallaby and the kangaroo?roam freely in the Wild Australia exhibit, accessible via one of the zoo?s rides, Outback Express Adventure Train. Other rides include the Endangered Species Carousel and Sky Ride, a chairlift that soars above the habitats and offers Bay Area skyline views.
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    9777 Golf Links Rd.
    Oakland, CA US
  • San Francisco Zoo
    This zoo received its first animal in 1889—a grizzly bear believed to be the last in captivity. More than a century later, it shelters 1,000+ exotic and endangered animals. It’s also home to the a six-acre petting zoo, plus the largest outdoor lemur exhibit in the country and the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world.
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    Sloat Blvd and the Great Highway
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Micke Grove Zoological Society
    Founded to provide financial support for the Micke Grove Zoo, Society provides educational opportunities and community involvement in the zoo's growth for its members. Members and their families get free access to the zoo itself, where they can visit tamarins, Madagascar tortoises, and a golden eagle. It also hosts hands-on animal encounters for families and school groups where students get a chance to learn about the behaviors and habitats of some of the zoo's denizens. Members also gain discounts in the gift shop and at other zoos and aquariums across the country.
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    11793 N Micke Grove Rd
    Lodi, CA US
  • CuriOdyssey
    Traditionally, the zoo provides the comfort of seeing animals that could not make a surprise visit to your backyard; this is a comfort CuriOdyssey dispatches to give weight to its message of science education. The menagerie of nearly 100 mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds primarily showcases local species like the Channel Island fox and the red-shouldered hawk, which have relatively small niches that have been squeezed by environmental degradation and human encroachment. Native species can be glimpsed within a complex of 25 lush habitats, including a 4,000-square-foot walk-through aviary and a replica of the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Sunny, outdoor gardens fill more than 1.3 acres with plots that rotate with the seasons and plants to attract butterflies and hummingbirds for live study. Among the science exhibits, Forces explores fundamental forces in nature such as gravity and magnetism. All the exhibits are designed to enable close observation and experimentation characteristic of the scientific method. This aim is supported by shows, such as daily otter feedings—spied from behind the glass of a cross-sectioned riverbank—and a variety of classes.
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    1651 Coyote Point Drive
    San Mateo, CA US
  • Ardenwood Historic Farm
    By the Numbers: Ardenwood Historic Farm 1849—the year George Washington Patterson began farming this land 1985—the year the East Bay Regional Park District re-opened the property as a fully functioning farm 17 sites to explore, including an aviary, a barnyard, a Victorian garden, a historic home, and a blacksmith shop 1 horse-drawn train to ride, complete with a staff dressed in Victorian-era costumes 5 kinds of animals to visit with, including cows, goats, pigs, and sheep 90+ varieties of birds spotted on the property 18+ types of organic produce available for purchase 3 months to see visiting monarch butterflies, from December to mid-February
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    34600 Ardenwood Blvd
    Fremont, CA US
  • Coit Tower
    Five Things to Know About Coit Tower Tall, slender, and made of white concrete, Coit Tower has stood as a symbol of San Francisco for nearly a century. This iconic column is perched atop Telegraph Hill, where droves of people still explore it daily. Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time you visit: It’s named for Lillie Hitchcock Coit. Lillie was a wealthy, offbeat patroness of the city’s volunteer firefighters. She died in 1929, leaving her riches behind to help beautify the city she adored. Many people think it resembles a fire-hose nozzle. The views from the top are spectacular. Adults and children who haven’t figured out how to defy gravity yet pay a small fee to ride up the tower’s elevator, where panoramic views of the city and bay await them. Murals are scrawled across the walls. Completed in 1934, these paintings depict life in California during the Depression. Some of the original depictions were so controversial that they had to be painted over. Parking is very limited. Instead of driving, take a scenic hike to the tower along Telegraph Hill’s eastern slope off of Filbert Street. This route even passes the Grace Marchant Garden.
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    1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard
    San Francisco, CA US

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