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exotic pet and wildlife events near oakland this summer

Summer is finally here, and it’s time to get out and start soaking up the warmth. If you’re looking for something fun and educational, and if wildlife and exotic pets are your passion, we have some great ideas for things to do in the Oakland area. Whether you’re planning a family event that includes kids, or looking for something more adult-oriented, there’s an event out for you. Start marking your calendar with these exotic pet and wildlife events near Oakland so you won’t miss out!

Oakland zoo tour

Take this unique opportunity to tour the veterinary facilities at the Oakland Zoo and learn more about the work the veterinarians who work with these amazing animals do. This is a tour you won’t want to miss if you have kids who are interested in a career in veterinary medicine. Or maybe you want to learn more about zoo practices and the work it takes to sustain wildlife both here and in their countries of origin. This is a can’t miss tour!

If you’re planning a day trip to Daly City, make sure the East Bay Vivarium Reptile show is on your agenda. This informative and fascinating show includes information about the development and life cycles of reptiles and amphibians, the habitats of the various animals featured in the show, and safety tips ( for you and the animals!) East Bay Vivarium is one of the leading exotic animal experts and educators in the area, and their shows are an event that you shouldn’t miss!

If you want a more adult adventure, head to the Chabot Space and Science Center for an evening hike through the redwoods. After the hike, you can enjoy a glass of wine and some stargazing on the Chabot Observation Deck. This would make a great date night for nature lovers looking for a laidback group activity. Or maybe you like the idea of a nature adventure… but want something a little more tame.

owl on a tree branch

Feeling the summer heat and wanting to do something outdoorsy but also wanting to stay in the air conditioning? This event doesn’t even require you to leave your house! Sponsored by the Golden Gate Bird Alliance, bird expert Jennifer Ackerman will be doing a deep dive into the natural history of owls… all the things we know and don’t know and some fascinating new discoveries! 

Are you looking for a way to contribute to restoring the natural beauty of the area? Join the Golden Gate Bird Alliance as they work to restore native plants to entice our native birds and other pollinators and help restore their populations. Bring a water bottle, closed-toed shoes, and a willingness to work. Don’t forget to visit their website to sign their volunteer waiver and add your name to the volunteer list. If this is something you enjoy, keep an eye on their calendar. The Golden Gate Bird Alliance frequently has volunteer days around the area. 

The Vallejo Reptiles and Oddities Expo, sponsored by JnW Reptile Rescue, is back again this summer! This reptile removal and rehoming service doesn’t just rescue reptiles, it promotes education and works to rehabilitate reptiles removed from less-than-ideal situations. You will find a variety of reptiles and supplies to make your new and current reptiles comfortable and safe in their environments. This is combined with vendors of all things weird… from art and unusual home decor to clothing and jewelry. 

two birds in a garden

Are you a bird and gardening enthusiast? Do you love learning about native plants that you can use to revitalize your yard and support our local wildlife? Then you can’t miss this one day class at the Castro Valley Library. Guest speaker Jennifer Dirking will instruct you on making your garden a bird sanctuary. Attendees will receive a free packet of seeds from local plants to get you started! This event is inclusive to all in the community, and ASL translation can be provided upon request. 

This summer camp program combines artistic expression with practical skills like identifying local plants and insects and learning more about the flora and fauna in the Oakland area. Students will record the plants they learn about through painting and drawing and learn how to make pigments from plants. This summer camp is for children 6-8 years old and provides an excellent foundation in education about wildlife and sustainability. 

HRS is visiting several Bay Area shelters this summer to spread awareness about adoption and rabbit care. If you’re a rabbit lover or are interested in adopting a rabbit, their wealth of knowledge is not to be missed! 

Guinea pig enthusiasts, unite! We loved this event last year and are so happy it’s back again. Come visit with adoptable guinea pigs and participate in the fun events 

porcupine zoo feeding

The Randall Museum has become a permanent home to over 100 native Californian animals that can not be released back into the wild. You can meet these animals and those caring for them on Saturdays at the Randall Museum’s Wild in California exhibit. This fun family event lets you get an up close and personal look at some of the species that also call California home. You can learn more about their natural habitats, behaviors, and the importance of rescue and rehabilitation. 

We love rounding up all the wildlife and exotic pet events in the Oakland area each summer. See something not on the list? Let us know! Get a chance to attend one of these events? Be sure to let us know how you like it!


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