|Maggie, two-month old reticulated giraffe at the Oakland Zoo|
|American Alligators and turtle|
|Giraffes and Elands|
We hadn’t seen everything at the zoo, but it was time for lunch. So we made our way back down the hill, stopping for one last crossing of the (cement) lily pads in the children’s zoo and to look at the pot bellied pig before heading home. We knew we’d be back another day
Rides: You can take a short train ride around upper part of the zoo. A Sky Ride takes you across the zoo in a chair-lift for a birds-eye look at the animals. However, it has not been operating almost every time we have been at the zoo. At the upper entrance, there is a small amusement park with a carousel and other rides suitable for young children. We usually bypass this attraction in favor of spending more time watching the animals.
Getting there: Take the Golf Links Road exit off Highway 580 and turn East following the sign to the zoo. The zoo entrance is one block from the freeway.
Zoo hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas.