Our Trip to Oakland Zoo!

by Johanna Leonard, Executive Director
July 2013

GiraffeToday, I learned that the Zoo is for everyone, whether you are 2 years old or 92 years old. Thirteen people from The Lake Merritt took a trip to the Oakland Zoo. We went “in style.” We reserved a docent-led tram tour, which basically means that we drove around the Zoo in golf carts with incredibly educated docents. Of the thirteen that went, ten people has never been to the Oakland Zoo. The remaining had been there at some point, but it had been many moons since they visited, and it is an entirely new zoo.

Everyone was had a wonderful time. We drove all around and saw elephants, chimpanzees, gibbons, exotic birds, meerkats, zebras, vultures and giraffes. They were beautiful creatures in a such a beautiful setting.

Our favorite animal was the “two legged darter.” This creature is about 2 to 3 feet high. Their age range is from 1 to 3 years old. They like to eat ice cream sandwiches and they get their name because they “dart” from one animal to another without any attention to their surroundings. Their mothers did a lot of running around themselves.

While we were leaving, I asked our residents if they wanted to come back, and there was a resounding “yes.” When I asked them if they wanted to go to the San Francisco Zoo, they said “no,” as no Zoo could compare to the Oakland Zoo. Go OAKLAND!! We are very lucky to have such a wonderful place in our beloved City of Oakland.