Local seniors invited to free day at Oregon Zoo

August 26, 2015 - 9:00am

Zoo offers free admission for ages 65 and older at Sept. 15 'Senior Safari'

Local seniors can reconnect with wildlife Tuesday, Sept. 15, during Senior Safari, a free day at the Oregon Zoo for anyone 65 or older.

"Everyone knows the Oregon Zoo is a great place for kids to learn about wildlife conservation, and it's a great place for older adults to connect with animals too," said Teri Dresler, interim zoo director. "We want all ages to have that opportunity, that's why we've planned this day 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 attend animal talks, explore the zoo, and visit the zoo's Family Farm for hands-on experiences with pygora goats and a variety of small animals. Seniors can also take advantage of a 10 percent discount in the zoo restaurants.

Throughout the day, visitors can also catch up with some honored citizens from the animal world. The Oregon Zoo has earned a stellar reputation for the specialized geriatric care it provides its residents; many live far beyond the median life expectancy for their species, and some are even the oldest of their kind.