Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — July 28, 2012… this Saturday is Oakland Zoo’s bi-annual Feast for the Beasts event (9:00am – 3:00pm). Visitors have the rare opportunity to donate fresh produce to the animals. The main highlight of the morning is placing produce in the elephant exhibit and watching them dine. The first 250 guests through the door will receive a golden ticket to enter the elephant enclosure, before the hungry herd. It’s an opportunity to spread produce throughout the exhibit and then watch the 9,000 pound animals devour watermelons, grapes, apples, lettuce, tomatoes, and other fabulous fruits and vegetables. Each person who donates produce will receive a free ride ticket.
***Media Advisory: The best video and photo opportunities will be between 9:30am and 10:30am.***
Visitors can learn amazing facts about animals and watch animal feedings throughout Oakland Zoo. Another highlight of the day is the teddy bear check-ups at the Sun Bear exhibit. Children are invited to bring their bears and have them “checked up” by the Zoo’s veterinary staff. Vendors such as San Ramon Farmer’s Market, Natural Balance, and Petco will also be onsite offering samples.
Feeding Schedule for Saturday, 7/28 9:45am & 10:15am Elephant Spreads 10:30am Elephant Feeding 11:00am Bat Feeding 11:30am Giraffe Feeding 11:45am Meerkat Feeding 12:15pm Baboon Feeding 12:45pm Tiger Feeding 1:15pm Otter Feeding 1:30pm Lemur Feeding 2:00pm Alligator Feeding 3:30pm Sun Bear Feeding
The Feast for the Beasts event is included with regular Oakland Zoo admission, $9.75 for children (2-14) and seniors (65+), $13.75 for adults. Children under age 2 and seniors 80 years of age and older are FREE.
ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO: 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. 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. For more information please visit our website at http://www.oaklandzoo.org.
The East Bay Zoological 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.