Oregon Zoo offers extended hours, family fun during Sunset at the Zoo
A joyful "Bamboléo"-meets-Bollywood sound will fill the Oregon Zoo Aug. 7, when the Gypsy Allstars — a band featuring family members of the world-famous Gipsy Kings — takes the stage for Sunset at the Zoo.
Featuring George Reyes (son of Gipsy Kings founder Nicolas Reyes), Mario Reyes and drummer Ced Leonardi — the Gypsy Allstars pair the best of the Gipsy Kings' rumba with northern Indian instruments. The ensemble also features such virtuoso musicians as percussionist Salar Nader and bassist Carlitos del Puerto, as well as flamenco superstar Manuel Gutierrez.
Free with zoo admission, Sunset at the Zoo features extended evening hours packed with live music and entertainment, activities for kids and the chance to get to know animals active during twilight hours. Every other Wednesday in July and August, zoo gates remain open until 8 p.m., with a concert on the lawn at 7 p.m. and activities taking place from 5 p.m. on.
Also on the bill for Aug. 7: mandolin music from Olivia Duffy and René Berblinger; swing era jazz from the Pete Krebs Duo; a bird show from the zoo's popular Wild Life Live program, presented by Portland General Electric; storytelling from the Dragon Theater puppet company; and some advanced hula-hoopery from Erika Fey, aka the Mayor of Hooperville.
Guests can also participate in face-painting, self-guided twilight hikes, a glow-in-the-dark dragonfly craft, and games with a "crepuscular creatures" theme.
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.
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