Wild Animals At Oakland Zoo

img_6362Female reticulated giraffe

In my last blog, I shared an article about toddler Montessori shelf with a variety of rainforest and farm animal collections. Today, I will be showing photos of our recent zoo visit. During the weekend (April 24, 2016 Sunday) we had a family visit at the Oakland Zoo. This is the first time that my little girl get to see a real wild animals. The zoo was just half hour drive from us.

Oakland Zoo is home to wild animals. It is nestled within the rolling hills of Knowland Park.Is one of the most visited and popular zoo in the Bay Area that is located at Alameda county. They have 660 native and exotic animals through the 45-acre land. The favorite go to places of the students and families during spring and summer. Oakland Zoo is also a leader in education and conservation, offering a variety of on-site and outreach programs. They offer a complete facility if you are planning for a school field trip, group visit, birthday party, zoo camp, family overnight, Zookids classes like Pre-K Program and many more activities.


Bamboo trees! The zoo had a ton of beautiful trees, plants and flowers all over the area. 

Introducing nature and or living things to your students or little ones are a great opportunity to give them understanding about nature. To recognize the interdependence of all living things thus helping them to develop consciousness of their place on earth.


Malayan Wreathed Hornbill

I consider this as a part of a prepared environment in Montessori learning. Early explorations enable them to classify different animals, habitat and species.

Giant statue of a snake laying eggs


Giant frog statue at the children’s park


African Elephant


Reticulated Giraffe (male and female)


Sleeping Tigers


Lesser Flamengo


Aldabra Tortoise





This river otter just took his break from playing. 


She had fun petting the goat.



Beautiful photos of trees, flowers and plants to include to my Botany units. 


Sleeping fruit bats


This gibbon showing off his moves.


A relaxing view of the walkway going to reptiles area. 


The cast of the “super croc” unearthed by paleontologist Paul Sereno in 2000. This is a ten-ton giant crocodile like a size of a school bus! 

Super Croc tail cast

Aside from animals, the zoo had attractions too; like trolley that will let you see all the animals while taking a ride, carousel, small kid rides and souvenir shops. For more information visit the website: http://www.oaklandzoo.org

It was an exciting new experience for our little one! She’s really tired and sleepy on our way back home but I could see in her eyes the pure happiness of a child being connected to nature.

I hope you also got the chance to visit your favorite zoo with your kids. Follow my blog to get ideas, tips, guide, insights and more about Montessori way of learning.

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