Local seniors invited to free day at Oregon Zoo

September 8, 2017 - 2:00pm

Zoo offers free admission for ages 65 and older at Sept. 19 'Senior Safari'

Local seniors can reconnect with wildlife Tuesday, Sept. 19, during Senior Safari, a free day at the Oregon Zoo for anyone 65 or older.

"Most people think of the Oregon Zoo as a great place for kids to learn about wildlife conservation — and it is," said Dr. Don Moore, zoo director. "And it's a great place for older adults to connect with animals too. We've planned this day especially for the seniors in our community because we want all ages to have that opportunity."

From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., seniors (who may each bring along one free companion for the day) can attend animal talks, explore the grounds, and enjoy free rides on the zoo train and carousel.

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.