Zoo For All offers $5 admission to qualifying visitors

September 5, 2017 - 11:34am
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New program aims to ensure Oregon Zoo is accessible to more of its community

The Oregon Zoo this month launched "Zoo For All," a new discount program that provides $5 admission for qualifying individuals and families every day, all year long.

"We want to make sure more of our community can enjoy the zoo and learn about wildlife conservation," said Dr. Don Moore, zoo director. "Every person who walks through our gates represents an opportunity to make positive change for wildlife."

Visitors may purchase up to six tickets for $5 each by bringing a photo ID and documentation showing they participate in any of the following programs:

  • Oregon Trail card
  • Washington Quest Card
  • Medicaid/CHIP (e.g., Oregon Health Plan, Apple Care)
  • Section 8
  • WIC - eWIC card
  • Free/reduced school lunch
  • TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Head Start
  • Foster home certificate

While benefits cards like Oregon Trail or Washington Quest can be shown to receive the discount, they cannot be used as a form of payment. Learn more here. Zoo For All is based on the popular Portland-region Arts For All program, which allows Oregon Trail cardholders to purchase tickets to many arts and culture events throughout the region for $5.

Zoo For All cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. However, visitors can still get a TriMet discount when buying Zoo For All tickets. Guests who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission with proof of ridership.

"MAX is a great way to get to the zoo," said Ivan Ratcliff, the zoo's guest services manager. "I ride it to work every day — the Washington Park stop lets you off just in front of the zoo entrance. You avoid traffic, don't have to worry about parking — and with our regular $1.50 TriMet discount, your Zoo For All admission is only $3.50."