Local seniors invited to free day at Oregon Zoo

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Zoo offers free admission for ages 65 and older at Sept. 17 'Senior Safari'

Local seniors can reconnect with wildlife Tuesday, Sept. 17, during Senior Safari, a free day at the Oregon Zoo for anyone 65 or older.

"People often think of the Oregon Zoo as a great place for kids to learn about wildlife — and it is — but it's also a great place for older adults to connect with animals," said Kim Smith, zoo director. "People of all ages love the zoo, and this day has been planned especially for the seniors in our community."

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., seniors (who may each bring along one free companion for the day) can pet animals at the Trillium Creek Family Farm, attend animal talks, ride the zoo train and take in a special animal painting demonstration near the picnic shelter. A senior lunch special will be available at the Tiger Plaza picnic shelter and in zoo restaurants.

Visitors can also catch up with some of the zoo's own senior citizens — such as 51-year-old Packy, the oldest male Asian elephant in North America — or check in on some of the younger generation of zoo residents, like Molalla the river otter, born here this spring.

The Zoo Store has wheelchairs and electric scooters for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. The supply is limited, so visitors who need wheelchairs are urged to bring their own if possible.

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 | 503-220-5714 | hova.najarian@oregonzoo.org