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The Oakland Zoo—high on a hilltop, celebrates its 100th anniversary

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Visitors love watching the grizzly bear cavort at the Oakland Zoo.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the Oakland Zoo is just minutes from town—but it’s a world away, situated on a sprawling rural woodland locale.

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Pastoral vista from the Oakland Zoo.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a conversation with Nik Dehejia the Chief Executive Officer, followed by a visit with Dr. Alex Herman, Vice President of Veterinary Services.

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Nik Dehejia Oakland Zoo's CEO.
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Dr. Herman and vet techs perform surgery at Oakland Zoo.

This post is the fourth in an eight-part Visit-Oakland series of discovery.

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Vista looking Northeastward from Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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