Just a few more nights to be dazzled by the lights at the Oregon Zoo
The holidays aren't over yet! ZooLights, the Oregon Zoo's walk-through winter wonderland of more than 1.6 million colored lights, is on for a few more evenings this week following a bright and busy run through November and December.
Visitors can explore the forests of brightly lit trees and dazzling 3-D light sculptures through Saturday, Jan. 5.
"It's a perfect way to round out the season and get the new year off to a good start," said guest services manager Ivan Ratcliff, who has worked at the zoo since 1982 and been involved with the light display since its inception 31 years ago. "Now that some of the holiday hustle and bustle has died down, you can enjoy a more leisurely ZooLights experience."
With three nights still to go, the zoo is having one of its best attendance years ever for ZooLights, with more than 200,000 visits since its Nov. 21 opening.
Parking lots have been filling up quickly, especially on weekends, and the zoo is encouraging visitors to take MAX rather than driving. The zoo is offering a $5 admission discount for visitors who take TriMet (proof of ridership required).
"We hate for people to show up and be disappointed when they can't park, so we really want to encourage folks to ride MAX," Ratcliff said. "It's a great way to get here — the Washington Park stop lets you off just in front of the zoo entrance."
For those who will be driving, Ratcliff recommends arriving by 4 p.m. or sooner.
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.
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