Zoo digs out, plans to reopen for Feb. 11 'Second Tuesday'

Officials will conduct morning safety inspection before 10 a.m. opening

After a record February snowfall shuttered the Oregon Zoo over the past four days, officials say the popular destination is set to reopen in time for its monthly discounted-admission day Tuesday, Feb. 11. Depending on weather conditions, some animals may remain off-exhibit. The zoo's popular Second Tuesday admission-discount program, sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, 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.

"Our visitors didn't get to see it, but it's been beautiful up here on the hill," said Kim Smith, zoo director. "Unfortunately, all the ice that looks so pretty up in the trees can become a hazard when it starts to thaw and fall. We'll be walking through the zoo grounds before opening time to make sure it is safe for visitors."

The zoo is currently operating on its winter schedule, with gates open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and grounds open until 5 p.m. Although current plans are to open on schedule, Smith said visitors should check the zoo's web and social media sites for updates before heading out. She also noted that the city parking lot adjacent to the zoo and many of the nearby roadways could still have snow and ice.

"We urge anyone driving here to use extra caution," Smith said. "And we also hope that a lot of people opt to take MAX instead. The Washington Park stop lets passengers off just outside the zoo's main entrance."

Visitors who ride MAX light rail or a TriMet bus to the zoo will receive an additional $1.50 off their already discounted Second Tuesday admission with proof of ridership. For fare and route information, call TriMet customer service at 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit www.trimet.org.

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