The Oakland Zoo is a great family/children's zoo. It's located in a nice hilly/tree area which has made a great habitat for the animals they have. They have a small amusement park next door that young children can go to. Very interesting hands-on exhibits (stingray pool, goat/sheep petting zoo). They have a ski lift like operation which takes you over the African area so you get a really great look at the camels, lions, tigers, elephants, etc. The bison are also located up on the hill and can only really be viewed well on the lift. Their programs teach kids to respect the animals and their environment and to have the awareness of how they can help contribute to helping preserve the animals in their environment.