Oakland Zoo will open its new exhibit “Zookeeper” on Saturday, Aug. 22.
It’s the latest exhibit to be introduced to the zoo by CEO Jeff Williams.
Williams said the zoo was looking to expand the exhibit’s range, which was already “over 300 acres.”
It will also include more animal companionship.
Zoo spokeswoman Melissa Pestano said the exhibit was designed to showcase animals that are more visually diverse than those currently exhibited.
Williams, who is married to Zoo founder and longtime animal lover Diane Williams, said the new exhibit will highlight animals with a range of personalities, as well as the “unusual.”
“We’re hoping this exhibit will be a safe place for people to explore the diversity of animals in the zoo,” Williams said.
The new exhibit is set to open Saturday, the day after the zoo will close for the week, Pestana said.
It will be open to visitors with a valid park pass.
Williams noted that the zoo has more than 1,600 animals, including tigers, bears, elephants, zoos, whales, reptiles, birds and amphibians.
Zoos are typically open to public for the holidays, although some visitors are permitted to park in the animals’ enclosure for special events.
The zoo is scheduled to open its doors to visitors Monday, July 27.
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