Zoo to close early on Saturday to prepare for Zoolala

Oregon Zoo's annual summer fundraiser takes place this Saturday, July 21

The Oregon Zoo will close early at 3 p.m. this Saturday, July 21, to set up for the Oregon Zoo Foundation's annual summer celebration, Zoolala. Visitors already in the zoo by that time may remain until 4 p.m.

The 13th annual Zoolala, presented by Spirit Mountain Casino, will feature culinary delights from more than 25 of the area's top restaurants, beverages hosted by Deschutes Brewery and Chateau Ste. Michelle wines, plus a wide array of activities, animal interactions and entertainment, including painting performance artist Jimmy Gersen, Wanderlust Circus, the Tara Williamson Quartet and Beatles-through-the-ages band Apple Jam.

"Zoolala is a great summer celebration," said Mark Loomis, chair of the Oregon Zoo Foundation board of trustees. "But it's also more than that — it's a chance to support the Oregon Zoo's renowned animal welfare, wildlife conservation and education programs."

Zoolala begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $125 for zoo members and $150 for non-members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event page or call 503-220-2785.

In addition to Spirit Mountain Casino, support for Zoolala comes from Ray and Karolette Peterson, NW Natural, The Standard, Nike, Lease Crutcher Lewis, KPFF Consulting Engineers, PLACE, Jane Buchan and Jim Driscoll, Portland Monthly, KEX, Deschutes Brewery and Chateau Ste. Michelle, New Deal distillery and DRY soda.

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
Melinda Burpo at 503-525-4239 or melinda.burpo@oregonzoo.org