The Oakland Zoo plans to break ground this spring on its 56-acre expansion into Knowland Park. The park is home to a rich array of native plants, a rare maritime chaparral stand and animals such as mountain lions, coyotes, foxes and bobcats and has unparalleled views of the Bay Area. However, this precious open and wild space is in danger. The Zoo’s project will include a 34,000 sq ft office, restaurant, gift shop and museum. The building will be located on top of a known Alameda whip snake habitat, a threatened species. And what’s the price tag for destroying a natural habitat? 72 million dollars, which will be paid for partially with tax dollars. With five schools closing in Oakland and public services being cut, should tax dollars really be allocated for a zoo expansion? Currently, Knowland Park is free for all to explore and enjoy, but if this project goes through, it will cost $14 to hike these hills. Please help save Knowland Park and keep Oakland's open space open by signing this petition.