Zoo, Walmart partner for another year of discounts

August 12, 2014 - 9:05am

Oregon Zoo urges Second Tuesday guests to ride MAX for additional savings

The Walmart Foundation has renewed its presenting sponsorship of the Oregon Zoo's popular Second Tuesdays program, which offers visitors a chance to see the zoo for the reduced price of $4 per person on the second Tuesday of each month.

"We're very grateful for Walmart's continued support, which ensures that more of our community can be inspired to take action for wildlife," said Teri Dresler, interim zoo director. "This month's Second Tuesday, Aug. 12, is also World Elephant Day, and the zoo will be providing information about the 96 Elephants campaign to combat the illegal ivory trade."

"We're proud to sponsor the Oregon Zoo's Second Tuesday program, reducing the cost of admission by about 65 percent and making it possible for more families to enjoy the zoo and learn about wildlife conservation," said Madeleine Havener, senior vice president and regional general manager for Walmart. "Together, we're helping families save money on fun, family-friendly activities and create memories that will last a lifetime."

Walmart representatives will be at the zoo Aug. 12, handing out free water bottles and reusable shopping bags while supplies last.

The reduced admission paired with some sunny summer weather could make this month's Second Tuesday one of the zoo's busiest. Over the past several years, the zoo has averaged around 14,000 visitors on its August reduced-admission day, with the parking lot usually reaching capacity well before noon.

Officials are urging visitors to take MAX or a TriMet bus to the zoo rather than driving. Those who do will receive an additional $1.50 off general admission and avoid parking fees. (MAX and bus discounts require proof of ridership.)

"July and August Second Tuesdays are typically among our busiest days of the year," said Teri Dresler, interim zoo director. "One tip for making your visit more enjoyable is to ride MAX to the zoo. You avoid traffic, don't have to worry about parking — and with our TriMet discount, your admission is only $2.50."

To learn more about Walmart Oregon's community partnership program, visit oregon.walmartcommunity.com.