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“Zoo Gone Wild” Investigative Article Lays It Out!

Knowland Park from above, © 2013 Steve Whittaker"

Knowland Park from above
© 2013 Steve Whittaker”

The East Bay Express has published an in-depth article about the zoo’s expansion plans in Knowland Park called “Zoo Gone Wild.

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Snakes, Lies, and Cutting Red Tape: How the Oakland Zoo is Gaming the System

Earth Day demonstration against the Zoo’s Proposal - Photo by Karen Smith

Earth Day demonstration against the Zoo’s latest proposal – Photo by Karen Smith

It is difficult to imagine the Oakland Zoo proposing anything more outrageous than their plan to build an environmentally destructive “conservation” exhibit on the richest and most sensitive lands in Knowland Park, but in their latest proposal the preposterous trumps the outrageous. The upshot of their bold move toward endgame is that not only would the public lose far more park land than initially approved, but all public access to the very best native plant habitat in the park would be legally barred forever.

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WHAT A TURNOUT for the Save Knowland Park Rally on Sunday!!!

A supporter of Knowland Park and it's wildlife

A supporter of Knowland Park and its wildlife

Thanks to ALL who worked so hard to make it happen – donating materials, making signs, contributing speeches or music, leading cheers, waving signs, running our “shuttle,” sharing the information with others and turning out for a fun afternoon. It was truly inspiring to see people just keep coming and coming and coming as the crowd grew. Continue Reading →

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Drilling and Habitat Destruction Cover-up – Rally Against Expansion, Sun. Jan. 5!

Drilling2After we reported last week about the zoo’s contractors drilling holes and damaging sensitive wildlife and plant habitat prior to receiving  permits from the state and federal wildlife regulatory agencies, an alert Park supporter Friday  found the zoo’s contracted biologist and a small crew with rakes trying to cover over the tire tracks, remove concrete from the holes, and cover them with imported dirt. When we arrived on the scene to video, the first worker said they were covering tire tracks, the second one said they were “pulling French Broom” which was ridiculous since a) they had no pulling wrenches, only rakes, and b) there was almost no broom visible, since our Knowland Park Coalition work crews have already pulled most of it out. Continue Reading →

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Zoo executives intend to fence, grade, and develop this ridgeline as early as April. If they do, 56 acres of rare habitat and open space will be lost forever.

Zoo executives intend to fence, grade, and develop this ridge. If they do, 56 acres of rare habitat and open space will be lost forever.

A concerned zoo supporter’s call to action:

“I want our zoo to be responsible to the needs of animals and the environment—not just in the zoo itself, but in the adjoining natural open space of Knowland Park. I am deeply concerned about zoo executives’ plans to unnecessarily destroy important wildlife habitat as part of their planned ‘California Trail’ expansion project. I strongly encourage the zoo board to expand closer to existing zoo facilities and preserve the rare natural resources within Knowland Park. Don’t irreversibly tarnish the reputation of the zoo with an environmentally destructive development.”


Tell zoo executives and big donors to preserve Knowland Park

Go to change.org and sign our 2 petitions search for:

For more info and petition links, find us on Facebook or go to www.saveknowland.org

Friends of Knowland Park

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