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AV at the Oakland Zoo - 10:30 AM Docent tour, optional lunch

Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Road
Oakland, CA  
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Jeanette Ward
6509547476 (c)
Nature Walk
Registration is recommended
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Rain cancels
Available Slots:
No Fee
Oakland Zoo
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              Ashby Village at the Oakland Zoo
              Note time change to 10:30 AM
                Docent led tour and optional self pay

RSVP: Please RSVP to Jeanette (650-954-7476 or Although the event is now full, we will run a waitlist for possible cancellations. 
Tickets and parking can be purchased the day of the event, at the gate, rather than online. Bring cash,  for quick and easy admission.

                    Age 76 and up:          FREE
                     All others -   $15 (group rate)


PARKING:  $12 at the Main entrance. Please carpool as much as possible to avoid this additional expense.

Tuesday, Dec. 12    10:30 AM for about 2 hours - Longer for the optional self pay lunch - of course, you can stay as long as you like afterwards with your ticket.

 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland.

Take the Golf Links exit from 580 - drive through the gate and up the hill to the parking and main entrance.  There's an attendant on duty at the gate to point people in the right direction.

Open to: Docent tour is limited  - so AV Members first, for this special block of admission tickets. (Ordinarily, advanced online purchase of tickets is required) Volunteers bringing members may also register. We will run a wait list for cancellations, contact Jeanette with any questions.

Accessibility:  The Zoo is ADA compliant. Bring your own mobility device or Scooters and wheelchairs can be rented on a first come, first serve basis - Scooter $30. Wheelchair  $15. All mobility devices will fit on the gondola.

Where to Meet and Parking: Park in the parking lot as close as you can get to the Main entrance.  We will meet inside the  Main Entrance at Flamingo Plaza for a timed entrance at 10;30

Description:  Jan Stevens, AV Member and Docent will arrange for docents to tour us.  
We'll take a short loop thru the main Zoo to see the new babies (Joon gibbon and Kendi giraffe) and then board the gondola for a 4 minute scenic ride up to the California Trail.  On the Trail's boardwalk, we'll pass through exhibits of California native species that have a story to tell us about their challenges in our state: eagle, condor, wolf, jaguar, brown/grizzly bear, mountain lion, black bear and bison.
After the CAT tour, you might want lunch at either the Landing Cafe before descending on the gondola or at Tuskers Cafe next to the main entrance.  Then you can explore other parts of the main Zoo on your own during the afternoon.
 At the gate, tell the attendant you are part of the Ashby Village group and then proceed up the hill to the main entrance to check in.
   76 and older is free
   Others $15
    $12 per vehicle
Cash will be appreciated and easiest to process.

What to bring
  Cash for the admission ticket and parking. Good walking shoes, layered clothing for variable weather, water,  hat for sun protection, umbrella for light rain, and  a sense of adventure - this is a great chance to meet new and old friends!  Cash or credit card for optional self pay lunch.

About our Docent! Come meet Jan Stevens - "Volunteering at the Zoo (docent class of 2014) has given me a sense of community and contribution that I missed after retiring from Williams-Sonoma.  I'm looking forward to sharing the gem that is our Oakland Zoo with other Ashby members."