Welcome spring with annual Rabbit Romp, April 7

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Oregon Zoo celebrates season with egg hunts, activities for all ages

Things will be hoppin’ Saturday, April 7, when the Oregon Zoo hosts its annual Rabbit Romp, a celebration of spring for all ages. Rabbit Romp is sponsored by Oregon College Savings Plan and is free with regular zoo admission.

Rabbit Romp features candy “egg” hunts every 20 minutes between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Children ages 3 to 10 are divided into age groups and invited to hunt for eggs filled with candy and prizes. Toddlers 2 and under can participate in a candy hunt organized especially for them, and there will be a candy hunt area for children with special needs and their families. Rabbit Romp festivities also include a petting zoo, games and photo opportunities.

The zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. The zoo is currently working to save endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, California condors, Oregon silverspot and Taylor's checkerspot butterflies, western pond turtles, Oregon spotted frogs and Kincaid's lupine. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats. The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs.

The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. TriMet Customer Service, 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit TriMet's website for fare and route information.

General admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for children 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo's Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.

Media contact: 

Hova Najarian
hova.najarian@oregonzoo.org
503-220-5714

Tinsley Hunsdorfer
tinsley.hunsdorfer@oregonzoo.org
503-220-2448