Oakland Zoo (Knowland Park) in United States

Oakland Zoo (Knowland Park)

Address 9777 Golf Links Road
Zip-code 94605
Place Oakland, CA
Country United States
Website Website

Directors-1959: Sidney Snow (director)
1922: Lorne Jackson (director)
1922: Lorne Jackson (director)
1922: Henry A. Snow (director)

Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
-: Gina Kinzley
(elephant head-keeper)
-1991: Lorne Jackson
(elephant head-keeper)

Elephant keepers
Record history
History of updates2014-05-03

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Oakland Zoo (Knowland Park), located at 9777 Golf Links Road, in Oakland, CA, United States , was founded in 1922.

Living elephants

At the Oakland Zoo (Knowland Park) lives 1 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Osh born 1994-05-24

Comments / pictures

Naturalist Henry A. Snow established the Oakland Zoo in 1922 on 19th St and Harrison St in downtown Oakland. Over the years the zoo relocated several times: to Sequoia Park, Joaquin Miller Park and finally in 1939 to Durant Park.

Henry A. Snows son, Sidney Snow, was a vital part of Oakland Zoo\'s history. He personally procured the land for Oakland Zoo and founded the Alameda County Zoological Society, now the East Bay Zoological Society. Snow served as Director of Oakland Zoo from 1936 until his death in 1959.


The Oakland Zoo first adopted the protected contact management in 1991 after Dohani’s father, Smokey, killed a handler. It was the nation’s first zoo to practice protected contact with all of its elephants. (About half of U.S. zoos now use the method to manage some elephants.)

References for records about Oakland Zoo (Knowland Park)

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Oakland Zoo (Knowland Park), Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=331. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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