Media access

Application procedures

All requests to use the grounds of the Oregon Zoo must be made at least two weeks in advance in writing to:

Public relations department
Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, Oregon 97221-9704

Requests should include

  1. exact location(s) proposed
  2. number of persons and equipment involved in the shoot
  3. activities you wish to film
  4. date, time and estimated amount of time required
  5. an alternative date in case of rain or poor weather conditions.

A valid certificate of insurance covering all persons participating must also accompany the request.

Guidelines:

  • Interviews with any zoo employee must be arranged through the PR department.
  • Crews are not allowed in quarantine areas.
  • Crews are allowed in visitor-approved areas and on public pathways only, unless accompanied by PR staff.
  • Animals cannot be handled and exhibits may not be entered without special permission.
  • HMI (low-heat) lights may be necessary for certain projects.
  • Vehicles are not allowed on zoo grounds without permission and escort by PR or security staff.
  • The health and safety of the zoo's animals and guests are of primary concern. Keepers, curators, veterinarians and other zoo staff, in conjunction with PR staff, may set guidelines or limitations on a case-by-case basis.
  • Fees may be reduced or waived in return for satisfactory recognition of the Oregon Zoo, as deemed by the PR department.
Should any rules be violated or restrictions overlooked, the zoo has the right, at any time, to discontinue the photography session and refuse further arrangements.

 

Fees

Because photo sessions require extra staff time and disrupt routine zoo operations, fees are charged to offset these costs and difficulties.

Photo

Commercial

Full day (8 hours): $4,000
Additional hours: $500 per hour

Half day (4 hours): $2,000

Nonprofit

Full day (8 hours): $2,000
Additional hours: $250 per hour

Half day (4 hours): $1,000

Additional costs

  • security/maintenance: $25/hour, 4 hour minimum. (May be waived with consent of PR staff.)
  • keeper/curator assistance: $50/hour, 2 hour minimum
  • electrician: $50/hour
  • public relations: $25/hour

Video

Commerical

Full day (8 hours): $5,000
Additional hours: $625 per hour

Half day (4 hours): $2,500

Nonprofit

Full day (8 hours): $2,500
Additional hours: $300 per hour

Half day (4 hours): $1,225

Additional costs

  • security/maintenance: $25/hour, 4 hour minimum. (May be waived with consent of PR staff.)
  • keeper/curator assistance: $50/hour, 2 hour minimum
  • electrician: $50/hour
  • public relations: $25/hour

Questions?

Hova Najarian
hova.najarian@oregonzoo.org
503-220-5714