Local seniors invited to free day at Oregon Zoo

Zoo offers free admission for ages 65 and older at Sept. 18 'Senior Safari'

Local seniors can reconnect with wildlife Tuesday, Sept. 18, during Senior Safari, a free day at the Oregon Zoo for anyone 65 or older.

"People tend to think of the Oregon Zoo as a great place for kids — and it is — but it's also a great place for older adults to connect with animals," said Kim Smith, zoo director. "People of all ages love their community zoo, and this free 'safari' has been planned especially with seniors in mind."

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., seniors (who may each bring along one free companion for the day) can pet animals at the Trillium Creek Family Farm, attend animal talks and an animal painting demonstration, see birds on display and ride the zoo train. A senior lunch special will be available at the picnic shelter and in zoo restaurants.

See the full Senior Safari schedule of events

Visitors can also catch up with some of the zoo's own senior citizens — such as 50-year-old Packy, the oldest male Asian elephant in North America — or check in on some of the younger generation of zoo residents, like 4-year-old elephant calf Samudra, whose mom, Rose-Tu, is expected to deliver another baby this fall.

The Zoo Store has wheelchairs and electric scooters for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. The supply is limited, so visitors who need wheelchairs are urged to bring their own if possible. Zoomer transport will be available.