Feast for the Beasts Description:
Go behind-the-scenes and venture into Zoo habitats to participate in one of four different food spreads: Elephant All-You-Can-Eat, Baboon Brunch, Sun Bear Buffet, or Grizzly Grub!
At Feast for the Beasts, enjoy the rare opportunity to place food around habitats before the animals go out for the day. Place produce for the elephants, hide seeds for the baboons, spread snacks for the sun bears, or toss treats around the grizzly yard.
Due to the popularity and scale of this expanding event, tickets will now be sold for $10 per experience with all proceeds going to support Oakland Zoo’s outstanding Animal Care team.
Overview (subject to change):
9:00am - Oakland Zoo Gates Open to Public at Main Entrance
9:00am-9:30am - Guests check-in at food spread station they signed up for and receive a wristband
9:30am-9:40am - Arrive at respective animal habitat (baboons, sun bears, elephants, or grizzlies)
9:45am-10:30am - Guests enter habitats and place food items
10:40am - Animals come out to enjoy snacks as guests enjoy watching them!
Visitors are also encouraged to donate fresh produce to help feed the animals and will be thanked for their donation with a free ride ticket to be redeemed in the Adventure Landing Rides area. Please note that the donated produce may not be used for your particular spread.
Is there an extra cost to participate in this event?
Yes. This event is $10 per person not including regular Zoo admission, but you must pre-register to participate in any of the animal habitat food spreads (placing food in the animals' habitats). Those that do not pre-register will not be allowed in the animal habitats.
Is there an age requirement to participate?
Yes there is. No one under of the age of 2 is allowed on habitat due to safety concerns of uneven terrain. Guests 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult to attend.
Are strollers or wheelchairs allowed on habitat?
No. Strollers are not allowed in the animal habitats and the habitats are not wheelchair accessible. Please note that the habitats contain uneven terrain and moderate inclines in places.
What if it is raining?
In the event of rain or mud, keepers will place the produce and food in the animal habitats. This is at the discretion of the keepers for the safety of the public. In the event of rain, no rainchecks will be given, but refunds will be issued.
Can I participate in multiple spreads?
No. Animal spreads take place concurrently and do not allow for guests to participate in multiple food spreads.
How many tickets can I reserve?
Guests are allowed to purchse up to 6 spaces for a spread. Please keep in mind that this event has limited capacity.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please print your ticket or have it accessible on your phone. Tickets will be scanned at check-in and guests will receive a wristband to gain access to the animal habitat for their food spread.
If I am not participating in a spread, can I still enter at 9:00am?
Yes. The zoo is open to the entire public at 9:00am during this event.