About the Zoo

The Alameda Park Zoo was founded in 1898 as a deer park at its present location at the south end of Alameda Park to entertain train passengers while they waited for the train to refuel.  

Currently, it is home to nearly 200 animals representing 90 species. The 12-acre Alameda Park Zoo offers an education center, picnic area, playground, and gift shop that’s perfect for families and visitors of all ages. With a mission to promote education in the environmental fields of study, conservation, recreation, and biological research, the zoo connects humans with animals through audio, visual and tactical experiences. Visit the Species Survival Plan Captive Facility for the Mexican Gray Wolf, take a guided tour, enroll in a docent program, or attend a lecture. Check our calendar for the annual Earth Day celebration, concerts, and other events.

The zoo is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Last entry is at 4:30 pm.) The zoo is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Alameda Park Zoo admission rates

Please complete the Field Trip Information form if you are planning a school trip to our zoo. 

Alameda Park Zoo Mission Statement

The Alameda Park Zoo provides an aesthetically pleasing naturalistic environment, which promotes education in the environmental fields of study, conservation of local and global environments, recreation, and biological research.  The intended concept is to instill through audio, visual, and tactical means, a unity of non-human and human relationships.  Through professional cooperation and tactics, the Alameda Park Zoo will provide the public with high standards of environmental education.  This educational procedure takes place in an atmosphere that promotes environmental recreation as well as education.

Rules for zoo visitors

  • Visitors must remain on pathways. Any fencing, rails, rocks and other barriers are there to protect both you and the animals from harm. Do not lift children over safety rails or rest them on railings. Do not play on rocks. Do not put fingers or arms through fences. Do not enter nonpublic areas.
  • Adults must remain with their children at all times. 
  • No smoking. For the health and safety of visitors, staff and animals, the zoo prohibits smoking of any type. This includes vaping and e-cigarettes.
  • Pets are not allowed in the Alameda Park Zoo. The zoo is considered a quarantine facility in order to protect the health of the zoo animals.
  • Certified service animals, permitted under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA,) are allowed in the zoo. Emotional support and companion animals are not service animals and may not enter the facility. Please do not leave your pet in your vehicle. 
  • Do not feed the animals. Our animals are on special diets and food outside those diets can harm the animals. Coin operated duck food dispensers are available at the duck pond. Only the ducks at our duck pond can be fed by visitors. ($.25 quarters only.)
  • Please show respect for the zoo’s inhabitants by refraining from banging on windows and throwing objects (including food) into exhibits. Do not harass, chase, or tease the animals.
  • Balls, frisbees, jump ropes, or any throwing/kicking toys are to be kept out of animal areas. 
  • The plants and vegetation throughout the zoo is there for everyone to enjoy. Please refrain from damaging our plants by pulling off leaves, flowers, and branches.  
  • Drones are not allowed on zoo grounds at any time.
  • Selfie sticks are allowed, but guests may not cross any barriers.
  • Refrain from rude or insolent behavior and from using profane language.
  • Guns and other weapons of any kind are not allowed in the zoo. 
  • Violation of any of the rules may result in your immediate removal from the zoo.