Oakland Zoo’s PR campaign is faltering, still can save Knowland Park

By Karen Smith, Oakland Tribune My Word © 2014 Bay Area News Group A recent news report about the successful move to preserve 362 acres of natural parkland in the East Bay hills could almost have been about Knowland Park. The land is described as a collection of steep hillsides spilling down from the ridgeline, […]

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What Knowland Park Means to Me, by Heather Wood

I’m not sure how I first learned about Knowland Park, and I can’t remember why I decided to go there.  Very likely it was a sunny afternoon and I was determined to get my whirlwind of a two- year-old out of my living room and “into nature” – somewhere spacious where he could run and […]

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The Fight Goes On, and the News is Good!

Petition Delivered: Thanks to all of you who helped us get more than 2100 signatures on our petition urging the US Fish & Wildlife Service to deny regulatory permits for the expansion project. The petitions were delivered to their offices in Sacramento (with copies to the state Fish and Wildlife agency as well) last week (photos of our […]

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Knowland Park from above, © 2013 Steve Whittaker

Alert – Sign the Online Petition on Change.org!

ACTION ALERT! As you know, the zoo can’t start the bulldozers until they obtain special “incidental take” permits from state and federal wildlife regulatory agencies to allow them to “accidentally” kill threatened Alameda Whipsnakes during construction. Through our public records act requests, we have learned that the zoo continues to deny the existence of the […]

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City finally commits to enforcing zoo’s management contract after years of questions, admits it never has done so

As you know, for years we have been asking the city for copies of the documents the zoo is required to submit annually under its management contract with the city – namely, a “capital improvement budget, spending plan, actual expenses and schedule describing its projected development for the current budget year and for the next […]

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