Local seniors invited to free day at Oregon Zoo

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Zoo offers free admission for ages 65 and older at Sept. 17 'Senior Safari'

Local seniors can reconnect with wildlife Tuesday, Sept. 17, during Senior Safari, a free day at the Oregon Zoo for anyone 65 or older.

"People often think of the Oregon Zoo as a great place for kids to learn about wildlife — 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 the zoo, and this day has been planned especially for the seniors in our community."

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, ride the zoo train and take in a special animal painting demonstration near the picnic shelter. A senior lunch special will be available at the Tiger Plaza picnic shelter and in zoo restaurants.

Visitors can also catch up with some of the zoo's own senior citizens — such as 51-year-old Packy, the oldest male Asian elephant in North America — or check in on some of the younger generation of zoo residents, like Molalla the river otter, born here this spring.

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.