Zoo, Walmart partner for another year of discounts

Oregon 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 visit the zoo and learn about wildlife conservation," said Kim Smith, zoo director. "Paired with some sunny weather, the discount could make this month's Second Tuesday, Sept. 10, a great day to visit."

"We hope even more people will benefit from the program this year," said Madeleine Havener, senior vice president and regional general manager for Walmart in Oregon and Washington. "We want to help our community enjoy the zoo, learn about wildlife conservation and save money on family activities so they can live better."

The zoo's popular Second Tuesday admission-discount program, which also receives support from The Standard, offers a reduced admission price of $4 on the second Tuesday of each month, a discount of more than 65 percent from regular zoo admission. As always, children 2 and younger are admitted free.

Visitors who ride MAX light rail or the bus to the zoo will receive an additional $1.50 off general admission and are not required to pay the $4 per vehicle parking fee. (MAX and bus discounts require proof of ridership.)

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

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
Emily Miller | 503-525-4239 | emily.miller@oregonzoo.org