The 90-year-old Oakland Zoo is home to giraffes, tortoises and African elephants. Now Zoo officials are asking Alameda County residents for additional funds to take care of those animals. Under Measure A1, a parcel tax would pay for repairs, veterinary care and field trips for schoolchildren. But opponents of Measure A1 claim the Zoo intends to use part of the $114 million proceeds for a controversial expansion project.
Ruth Malone, co-chair of Friends of Knowland Park, an advocacy group that aims to protect the 500-acre Wildland Park in Oakland from development and a professor in the school of nursing at UCSF
Nik Dehejia, director of strategic initiatives for The Oakland Zoo