It feels like summer and the Oregon Zoo is ready, with longer hours and a host of seasonal special events. Through Sept. 2, zoo gates stay open until 6 p.m., and guests may remain on grounds until 7. Along with more time to see the animals, zoo visitors will be treated to a summer chock full of events, shows and happenings.
Daily keeper talks are now taking place at Banfield Pet Hospital's Big Cat Care stage. Zoo animal-care experts demonstrate how they keep the lion pride healthy and discuss ways people can provide preventive care and enrichment for their domestic cat companions at home.
The zoo's popular summer camps, also presented by Banfield, start June 17. As of this writing, spots are available for most age groups, but camps tend to fill quickly as the end of school draws near. For more information, visit oregonzoo.org/camps.
Also beginning June 17, the zoo's popular Wildlife Live program, presented by Portland General Electric, returns with free-flight demonstrations featuring bird species from around the globe.
The zoo's summer concert series, presented by U.S. Bank, kicks off with Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on June 14 and winds up Sept. 7 with a performance by the Oregon Symphony. Along the way, concertgoers can catch a variety of world-renowned artists. For more information and a full schedule, visit zooconcerts.com.
Twilight Tuesdays, presented by The Oregonian, take place every third Tuesday from June through August. Packed with a variety of al fresco dining opportunities, live music and activities for kids, the evenings offer a rare chance to enjoy the zoo in the beautiful twilight hours of summer.
And in July, the zoo debuts Roars & Pours, an evening series for the 21-and-over crowd, with drinks, food, games and plenty of wildlife. Events take place July 18, Aug. 21 and Sept. 11.
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.