Oakland Zoo debuts California Trail Project expansion


Expansion more than doubles the Zoo’s size, from 45 acres to 100 acres

More than two decades in the making, the Oakland Zoo’s fully completed $72 million California Trail Project exhibit is set to open its gates on July 12th. Fremont Bank is proud to be a partner in helping make the California Trail Project a reality, and is honored to be a part of this great resource for the Bay Area.

The California Trail Project represents $71 million out of an $81 million multi-phase Zoo development, 85% of which has been raised through private donors like Fremont Bank and Zoo operations. In 2012, a fully-funded LEED certified Veterinary Hospital opened, followed by the opening in 2013 of the Oakland Zoo Biodiversity Center, and the 2014 inauguration of the Condor Recovery Center at Oakland Zoo. Each of these projects has advanced care of the Zoo's animals as well as conservation of the species in the wild, from mountain lions and condors to frogs and turtles, including life-saving research in partnership with local conservation scientists. California Trail will focus on California's natural legacy; animals that have all but disappeared from our surrounding landscape – with the intent to inspire people to take action for wildlife and ensure their future in the wild.


"Fremont Bank is proud to support such a great, local organization like the Oakland Zoo who helps to educate our youth and conserve the regions natural legacy" said Kim Burdick, SVP of Community Banking at Fremont Bank, and "The California Trail Project expansion serves as a point of pride for all of the East Bay."


View our #PartnershipsinAction with the Oakland Zoo here.


California Trail brings to life the rich natural history of California in a whole new way. Designed to be more like a wild animal park, California Trail will feature the state's historic and iconic animal species in large exhibits, including grey wolves, grizzly bears, jaguars, mountain lions, bald eagles, California condors, black bears, and American bison. Through the California Trail experience, Oakland Zoo presents a dynamic and inspiring story about finding balance in how we steward our state's natural legacy. Interactive features along the Trail will help to complete the animals' stories with a vision for their healthy future in the wild and opportunities for you to help them thrive.


Oakland Zoo, home to more than 700 native and exotic animals, is managed by the Conservation Society of California (CSC); a non-profit organization leading an informed and inspired community to take action for wildlife locally and globally. With over 25 conservation partners and projects worldwide, the CSC is committed to conservation-based education and saving species and their habitats in the wild. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the national organization that sets the highest standards for animal welfare for zoos and aquariums.


Fremont Bank (www.fremontbank.com) is a leading retail and commercial bank, California mortgage lender, award-winning top philanthropic business and consistently ranks in Bay Area News Group’s "Top Bay Area Workplaces." Founded in 1964, Fremont Bank is one of the oldest independent family-owned and managed banks in the state and focuses on personalized service for clients. It has 20 branches across the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Monterey with a loan production office in Orange County. Find Fremont Bank on Facebook at www.fb.com/FremontBank and on Twitter at @FremontBank.



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