Zoos make it possible for people to see how animals interact with their environments and for animals to see how people interact with their hairless babies. Witness the wonders of nature with this Groupon.
- $35 for a one-year individual zoo membership ($70 value)
Oakland Zoo members also get free parking for one vehicle and enjoy discounts on the 2014 ZooLights event, at the gift shop, and admission to more than 125 other zoos and aquariums across the country. Groupon customers may also choose to upgrade to a Dual membership for an additional discounted price of $15 or to a Family membership for an additional $35.
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.