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Five Kid-Friendly Alternatives To The Super Bowl In The East Bay

For those kids bored by the idea of spending hours watching football, the East Bay offers a number of great alternative ways to spend the day. Here is a list of the five best options.

01/24/2014

A rare and endangered California condor lands on a ledge in Marble Gorge, east of Grand Canyon National Park, on March 24, 2007 west of Page, Arizona. Condor managers taking blood samples from the 57 wild condors in Arizona both before and after hunting season find that all 57 condors test positive for contamination by lead matching the isotropic fingerprint of the lead commonly used in ammunition, and that those levels rise significantly by the end of the season. Many of the condors become so sick that biologists must re-capture them for lead-poisoning treatments. Several die each year. Experts believe the condors are ingesting the lead as they scavenge gut piles left behind hunters because lead bullets shatter and fragment inside the kill. Officials in Arizona are encouraging hunters to use copper bullets instead of lead-based ammunition and in California, a coalition of conservation groups has sued the California Fish and Game Commission in an effort to force a ban on lead ammunition in Condor ranges. The condors in the Marble Canyon and Vermillion Cliffs area easily fly as far west as Lake Mead, by way of the Grand Canyon, and to Zion National Park and far into Utah. With a wingspan up to 9 ? feet, they are the largest flying birds in North America. In 1982, when the world population of California condors dropped to only 22 and extinction was believed eminent, biologist captured them and began a captive breeding and release program which has increased the total population to 278, of which 132 now live in the wild in Arizona, California, and Baja California, Mexico. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Oakland Zoo Partners With Wildlife Group On Interactive Condor Camera

A solar-powered “condor cam” in the hills of Big Sur, on the Central California coast, allows the public to view North America’s largest birds in the wild from the comfort of home.

10/22/2013

The entrance to the Oakland Zoo. (Tood Dailey/Wikimedia Commons)

Oakland Zoo Opens Biodiversity Center

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday for the Oakland Zoo’s new biodiversity center, which will serve as an education center, captive breeding facility, and place of conservation for endangered and threatened animals, plants and habitats.

08/23/2013

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Best Zoo And Aquarium Events In The Bay Area

See what’s happening at Bay Area zoos and aquariums.

07/26/2013

Warthogs play at the Oakland Zoo. (Oakland Zoo)

Oakland Zoo Brings In New Warthogs For Breeding

Three-year-old Simon has won approval from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to breed, and two new females have been brought in to meet with him and hopefully mate, according to zoo officials.

07/22/2013

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Eye On The Bay: Behind The Scenes At The Oakland Zoo

“Eye on the Bay” goes to the zoo! Liam Mayclem goes behind the scenes with expert zookeepers at the Oakland Zoo where we will meet cotton-top tamarins, coatis, tortoises, pond turtles, camels and more. Join us as we discover the important steps the Oakland Zoo is taking towards conserving and caring for these fascinating animals.

06/26/2013

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Oakland Zoo Receives Anonymous $1 Million Donation

Christmas came early for the Oakland Zoo this year in the form of an anonymous $1 million check.

12/22/2012

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New Veterinary Hospital Opens At Oakland Zoo

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday at the Oakland Zoo’s new 17,000-square foot veterinary medical hospital, which is now the largest wild animal veterinary facility in Northern California.

10/11/2012

A new river otter pup at the Oakland Zoo. (CBS)

Oakland Zoo Welcomes New Baby Otters

“Ginger,” a 5-year-old river otter, gave birth to three pups last month. The two boys and their sister each weighed about 150 grams at birth.

03/22/2012

(Photo courtesy of Oakland Zoo)

Oakland Zoo Newborn Giraffe Stretching Out In New Digs

Curators say the giraffes simply outgrew their old digs, and buoyed by fundraising efforts that brought in $400,000, the Zoo was able to complete construction on the new barn, which stands 25 ft. high and includes skylights, too.

03/09/2012

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