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Joint Forces Journal

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VOL. 24 - NO. 32
AUG 18 - 25, 2019
PO BOX 13283
OAKLAND, CA 94661-0283

510.595.7777 FAX

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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Oakland Zoo to Host Exciting Upcoming Events

Sep 14, 2018
From now through the remainder of the 2018 calendar year the Oakland Zoo will host a number of exciting events:

Senior Summer Free Day

September 17, 10am-4pm

Oakland residents 65+ receive free admission to Oakland Zoo. Seniors must be 65+ with valid identification and must be residents of Oakland. Oakland Zoo's Senior Summer Free Days are in partnership with the City of Oakland. For more information go to:

Teacher Open House

September 20, 4:30pm-7:30pm

Oakland Zoo invites teachers to see all the zoo has to offer for your classroom. Come discover how the Zoo can help you meet one’s science curriculum goals while enjoying a night to mix and mingle with other teachers and animal ambassadors over refreshments and appetizers! For more information go to:

Moon Festival

September 22, 10am-3pm

Come celebrate the Moon Festival at Oakland Zoo on September 29th presented by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. This special day will be one your family is sure to enjoy with Asian-inspired festivities, live music, special animal encounters, and plenty of activities for the kids including face painting, arts, crafts and enrichment-making stations for the Asian Sun Bears. The Adventure Landing rides area will feature Lion Dances and martial arts demonstrations too! For more information go to:

Buffalo Road Show

September 28, 7pm-9pm

Mike Mease from Buffalo Field Campaign shares music, stories, and video in honor of wild buffalo! For more information go to:

IMPACT Speaker Series – STROOP

October 3, 6:30pm-9pm

Visit the Zoo for the East Bay Premiere Screening of “STROOP - Journey into the Rhino Horn War” -- a documentary film screening with live Q&A from the filmmakers Bonne De Bod and Susan Scott. This hard-hitting film explores the dangerous and intense world of the illegal wildlife trade with both stunning and harrowing footage, and expert story telling. The intrepid film makers went under-cover to unveil untold truths, and the moving solutions to save the rhino from extinction. For more information go to:

Boo at the Zoo

October 27 & 28, 10am-3pm

Stroll the Zoo in costume and collect yummy treats. Ride the spooky boo train and join the dance party. Plus, get your face painted, make treats for the animals, and see how the animals at Oakland Zoo celebrate Halloween. Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket. For more information go to:

Family Sundown SPOOKfari

October 27-28, 5pm to 10am

Grab your tent, bring your family, and get ready for an eerie overnight experience at Oakland Zoo! Take a trick-or-treat night tour through the zoo, make Halloween enrichment for the animals, meet creepy, crawly animals up close, and more! This year’s program also includes a special, spooky evening performance in the Zoo’s Wildlife Theater. All participants are welcome to stay for “Boo at the Zoo” festivities the following morning. For more information go to:

IMPACT Speaker Series – Taking Flight with California Condors

November 7, 6:30pm-9pm

Rachel Westenholme, Condor Program Manager in Pinnacles National Park will be detailing the current efforts to save California Condors. After suffering dramatic declines and dropping to just 22 individuals by the 1980s, critically endangered California condors were raised in zoos and their reintroduction back in to the wild began in the mid-1990s. Join us to learn all about these fascinating birds, and how you can help increase their numbers in the wild! For more information go to:

Zoo Closed – Thanksgiving Day

November 22, 10am-4pm

Conservation Action Expedition - Guatemala Eco-Trip

December 1-18

The Conservation Society of California/Oakland Zoo believes when you travel the globe to see incredible wildlife, it is our responsibility to take action to conserve them! That is why the Oakland Zoo is once again teaming up with Intrepid travel to present a meaningful, connected and action-based expedition to conserve the wildlife of our world. In partnership with ARCAS, we invite you to a once in a lifetime experience that is good for the wildlife of Central America, the people of Guatemala and YOU! Learn how you can participate in this amazing travel experience now at:


December 7-23, 26-31, 2018 | January 1-6, 2019, 5:30pm-9pm

Experience the zoo in a new light! Soar over the Oakland hills in the festively-lit gondolas and see the entire Bay Area like never before! Enjoy laser light shows, thousands of holiday lights, a candy cane lane-themed Adventure Landing with rides your kids will love, Santa Claus on select nights, and a music-themed light show that's sure to blow out any bah-hum-bugs! Don’t forget to warm up with some hot cocoa and homemade s’mores, available at Flamingo Plaza at the Zoo’s main entrance. For more information go to:


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