About the Oregon Zoo

Community supported since 1888, Oregon Zoo provides exceptional experiences to more than 1.5 million visitors a year to inspire them to create a better future for wildlife. From education programs to on-the-ground conservation efforts, the zoo is working to save species regionally and worldwide. The Oregon Zoo is community-funded through visitor admissions, public funds from Metro (a Portland-area regional government) and charitable donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation.

The 64-acre Oregon Zoo is located in Portland, a city and surrounding metropolitan area of more than 1.5 million people. 

Oregon Zoo facts and numbers

The zoo's annual operating budget is derived from a tax base through Metro, the Portland-area regional government that is the zoo's governing body, plus zoo admissions, concessions, contributions, special promotions, the Oregon Zoo Foundation and grants. See the latest annual report. 

The zoo has five major exhibit areas: Great Northwest, Fragile Forests, Asia, Pacific Shores and Africa. Within these large areas are 23 specialized exhibits.

Animals of the Oregon Zoo

  • 2,585 individual animals represent 215 species or subspecies of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates*
  • 15 endangered species and 7 threatened species live at the zoo.*
  • The zoo is active in 62 Species Survival Plans.*

Plants of the Oregon Zoo

  • Native plants of the Pacific Northwest's temperate rainforests have been cultivated to create naturalistic exhibits, pathways and vistas within the zoo.
  • More than 1,000 species of exotic plants thrive in the zoo's botanical gardens, including firebird heliconia, pelican flower and ground orchid. Some are harvested and given to the animals as browse.

*Zoo animal data as of December 31, 2018. Second line references Endangered Species Act endangered and threatened species list.