Zoo teams up with Walmart Foundation to honor vets

Veterans Day at the zoo, presented by the Walmart Foundation, takes place Nov. 10-11

On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11, veterans, active-duty service members and their families can visit the Oregon Zoo free of charge.

Veterans Day at the zoo, presented by the Walmart Foundation, offers free admission for military veterans and active military personnel, as well as family members who accompany them to the zoo. Families of deployed military personnel also will be given free admission.

"We're grateful to everyone who has served our country and the families who support them," said Dr. Don Moore, zoo director. "We're also grateful for Walmart's continued support, which ensures that more of our community can visit the zoo and be inspired to take action for wildlife."

"We are thrilled to partner with the Oregon Zoo to honor and celebrate our veterans," said Travis Bailey, Walmart regional general manager in the Pacific Northwest. "Walmart has a long history of supporting veterans, service members and their families. Our team is looking forward to this special day at the zoo and the opportunity to thank our veterans for their service."

Walmart associates will be at the zoo on Saturday, Nov. 11, greeting families and recognizing military service. Visitors can also learn about Walmart's veterans hiring program and $20 million commitment to support job training, education and innovative public/private community-based initiatives that address challenges many veterans face when returning to civilian life.

To receive free admission Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, visitors must show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military identification; families of deployed military personnel must show an active duty ID.

In addition, the zoo store is offering a 10 percent discount and all zoo food outlets are offering a 25 percent discount for veterans, active military personnel and their families, with proper identification.

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
Deborah Herron | 503-539-5333 | deborah.herron@walmart.com