Keepers will spread the love with Valentine-themed enrichment for animals in their care
Whether you're looking for a cheap date or a fun family outing, the Oregon Zoo has you covered on Valentine's Day. Community members can enjoy a free day at the zoo Saturday, Feb. 14, presented by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon.
"We're very grateful to Regence for making this free community day possible," said Teri Dresler, interim zoo director. "We hope everyone who visits the zoo Saturday is inspired to help make a better future for wildlife."
"Regence believes in giving back to the communities we serve and helping make Oregon a better place to live, work and play," said Angela Dowling, president of Regence. "We're proud to support the Oregon Zoo, and pleased to support the zoo's efforts to open their doors to all."
Activities taking place Saturday include the following:
- 10:45 a.m. - animal activity at river otters
- 11 a.m. - monkey feeding at Africa Rainforest
- 12:15 p.m. - reptile encounter at Family Farm
- 1 p.m. - chimpanzee feeding
- 2 p.m. - animal activity at polar bears
- 2:15 p.m. - penguin feeding
- 3 p.m. - bat feeding
In addition, keepers will be presenting animals with Valentine-themed enrichment items throughout the day. The zoo is internationally renowned for its environmental enrichment programs, which challenge and engage the animals, providing opportunities to play, hunt and forage.
Later that evening, while parents enjoy an evening of Valentine's Day romance, their kids can experience the nighttime wonders of the Oregon Zoo at a special "I Love the Zoo" overnight camp. The event is nearly sold out, but a few spots were still left as of this morning. Register here.
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, headquartered in Portland, has been serving Oregonians since 1941.