Back to School Weekend


It's time to go back to school! To prepare our youngest visitors (and their parents) for the imminent end of summer, we're switching up our usual promotion. On August 16 and 17, the first 500 people to donate a new or gently used school backpack will receive a limited-edition set of Zoo folders, featuring Jillian the Sumatran tiger, Kabibe the western lowland gorilla, Tenzing the red panda, and Erin the reticulated giraffe calf. And to get those young minds back in shape for the classroom, the Zoo will be filled with fun educational opportunities. The collected backpacks will be donated to a Bay Area school community in need. Join us to celebrate the end of summer and help everyone get back in gear for school. 

Animal Encounters:
Red Panda Keeper Talk, 10:15 am

Penguin Feeding, 10:30 am 

Mandrill Keeper Talk,10:30 am

Puente Animals Keeper Talk, 11:15 am

Grizzly Bear Feeding, 11:30 am

California Sea Lion Feeding, 12:15 pm

Prairie Dogs, 12:30 pm

Francois Langur Enrichment, 12:30 pm

Ground Hornbill Keeper Talk, 2:00 pm

Savanna Aviary Animals Keeper Talk, 2:30 pm

Black Rhino Keeper Talk, 2:45 pm

Big Cats Keeper Talk, 3:00 pm

American White Pelican Feeding, 3:00 pm

Penguin Feeding, 3:30 pm

Giraffe Lodge Open House, 4:30 pm

Educational Programs:
In the Children's Zoo
Barnyard Stampede – Family Farm, 10:30 am 
Nature Trail, 11:00 a.m.- 3:30 pm 
Hatchery Tour – Family Farm,11:15 am 
Incredible Insects in Action – Insect Zoo, 2:30 pm 
Duck Pond Feeding – Family Farm, 3:30 pm
Meet the ARC Animals, 3:00 - 3:30 pm 

Wells Fargo Wildlife Theatre Shows 
1:30 pm and 2:30 pm

Aye Aye NocturnalTours, 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm