Zoo closes temporarily to help slow spread of COVID-19

March 16, 2020 - 4:53pm

Zoo will close to public starting March 17, following lead of public health authorities

The Oregon Zoo will be closing temporarily, effective Tuesday, March 17, following public health recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The zoo will tentatively remain closed through April 8, and will provide updates if that date changes based on guidance from local and state authorities.

"Like most of this community, our goal right now is 'flattening the curve' so that our health system doesn't get overwhelmed," said Dr. Don Moore, zoo director. "We'll be ready to reopen as soon as health authorities recommend it."

The zoo's animal-care teams and staff responsible for other critical operations will continue working onsite, while other employees will work from home if possible.

"Our animals are doing well and we continue to provide them with dedicated, professional care," Dr. Moore said. "We plan ahead for all sort of contingencies, and we have plenty of food and medical supplies on hand."