Zoo, Walmart partner for another year of discounts

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Zoo urges Second Tuesday guests to ride MAX for additional savings

The Walmart Foundation has renewed its presenting sponsorship of the Oregon Zoo's popular Second Tuesdays program, which offers visitors a chance to see the zoo for the reduced price of $4 per person on the second Tuesday of each month.

"Thanks to Walmart's continued support, more of our community can enjoy the zoo and learn about wildlife conservation," said Kim Smith, zoo director. "It's a tough economy, and we don't want the price of admission to be a barrier for anyone."

"Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are pleased to extend support for the zoo's Second Tuesday program for another year," said Matti Havener, Walmart regional general manager for its stores in Oregon and Washington. "It's our hope that even more families will benefit from this program, allowing them to save money for additional family activities."

Paired with some long-awaited sunny weather, the discount could make this month's Second Tuesday, July 10, one of the zoo's busiest. Over the past few years, the zoo has averaged close to 14,000 visitors on its July reduced-admission day, with the parking lot usually reaching capacity before noon. Officials are urging visitors to take MAX or a TriMet bus to the zoo rather than driving. Learn more about getting to the zoo.

"Second Tuesdays in the summertime are often our busiest days of the year," Smith said. "We highly encourage visitors to use public transportation. You'll avoid the heavy traffic, you won't have to worry about parking, and you'll save even more on the price of admission."

Visitors who ride MAX or the bus to the zoo receive $1.50 off admission and also avoid the $4 per vehicle parking fee. Discounts require proof of ridership.

The zoo's Second Tuesday program is presented by Walmart with additional support from The Standard.

The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. 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. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
 
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 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 at 503-220-5714 or hova.najarian@oregonzoo.org