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Oregon Zoo

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4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland Oregon 97221
Category: Attractions
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Oregon Zoo in Portland

The wildest place in Portland, the 64-acre Oregon Zoo in Washington Park has been preserving animals and their habitats since the 1800's. Known for the largest breeding herd of elephants in captivity, Oregon Zoo is home to 2,200 animals, representing 260 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, as well as endangered species. Explore incredible exhibits in five areas with creatures from around the world, as well as beautiful gardens.
Discover the land of Africa with a rain forest and savanna with zebras, rhinos, giraffes, and hippos. Visit the Asia exhibit, home to Asian elephants and Malaysian sun bears. Experience the mountain goats of the Cascade Crest, and see the antics of the sea lions and sea otters at the Steller Cove exhibit. Ride the Washington Park and Zoo Railway around the Zoo Loop, and enjoy the exciting summer concerts in the amphitheater.


Hours -

The Oregon Zoo is open every day of the year, except Dec. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the grounds are open until 5 p.m. Hours change seasonally.


  • Members: Free
  • Adults (12-64): $10.50
  • Seniors (65 and up): $9
  • Children (3-11): $7.50
  • 2 and Under: Free
  • Parking: $4


  • Summer Concerts
  • Zoo Brew
  • Zoolala
  • Wild Life Live! Shows
  • Bowling For Rhinos
  • Howloween
  • Zoo Lights


  • Washington Park and Zoo Railway
  • Zoo Experience - Classes & Programs
  • Concerts
  • Summer Day Camps
  • ZooStore shopping

Special Events at Oregon -

The Oregon Zoo offers many fun annual events and festivals, including Zoo Brew with live music, workshops, games and 60 ciders and beer, Zoolala, Howloween and Wild Life Live! shows. The Summer Concert Series offers an exciting line-up of 16 bands and artists. The Oregon Zoo is a very unique venue for private events, family reunions and wedding receptions with its Cascade Crest Banquet Center and the beautiful concert lawn.

Tuesday Specials -

Enjoy all of the wildlife and adventure at the Oregon Zoo for only a $4 per person on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Children 2 and under are always free.


Is there anywhere to eat at the Zoo?

The Oregon Zoo offers wonderful eateries, from seasonal snack carts to a lodgelike dining room, including the Cascade Grill, BearWalk Café, AfriCafe and Black Rhino Hut. With its open-beamed ceiling, wall of windows, Douglas fir booths and hand-crafted metalwork, the Cascade Grill offers an extensive menu with soups, sandwiches, salads and coffee drinks, as well as a deck sheltered by native trees.

What is the best time to avoid crowds?

Any time is a great to visit the zoo, because it’s right in Washington Park, about 3 miles west of downtown, and easy to get to by biking, walking or public transit. In the summer the zoo offers fun outdoor events and concerts, but the fall and winter is much less crowded. Most people say it’s best to arrive in the morning when the park opens to ensure you see all the animals you want. It takes about 3-4 hours to see the exhibits and attractions.

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Driving Direction to Oregon Zoo From or The Heathman Hotel