Lion Appreciation Day

Lions are one of the most popular and iconic animals in the world; however, lions are in trouble. It is estimated there are fewer than 30,000 lions left in all of Africa due to habitat loss and human-wildlife conflicts. Learning about and appreciating lions helps -- and you can be part of it. Celebrate the majestic lion at Oakland Zoo with fun activities such as face painting, selfie photos, keeper talks and special lion enrichment! Come on over and roar for lions with us!

Date and Time

Sunday, August 22 from 10:00am-3:00pm

Cost and Fees

Free with admission


No registration is required


Contact: Amy Gotliffe
Phone: 510 632-9525 x122

Additional Program Information
  • Come watch the lions explore their new enrichment right after 10:00 am!
  • 1:15pm: lion keeper talk at main lion viewing area (keeper Alicia Powers)
  • Stations from our lion partners Uganda Carnivore Program and Bay Area Puma Project
  • Vote for lions at the Quarters for Conservation voting station!


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