Nestled on 64 acres in the forested hills of Washington Park, the Oregon Zoo is just five minutes from downtown Portland, easily accessible by MAX light rail, TriMet bus #63 or by auto on Highway 26 West, the Sunset Highway. Parking costs $2.00.
The Oregon Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals from around the world. The Great Northwest exhibit welcomes visitors to the zoo. The mountain village atmosphere of the entry plaza is complete with visitor amenities including the Cascade Grill and the Cascade Outfitters Gift Shop. The Cascade Crest exhibit is home to shaggy mountain goats living among a jumble of boulders, green grass and a crystal clear pond.
Steller Cove is home to sea lions and sea otters. Visitors can get an underwater view of these graceful animals and explore the diversity of a kelp
forest and tide pool.
The Eagle Canyon exhibit surrounds visitors with the splendors of a natural watershed. Visitors have a fish-eye view of salmon, sturgeon and other native fish. Farther up the trail, magnificent bald eagles appear. Visitors discover the importance of rivers and streams and the interconnectedness of animals and the ecosystem.
Trillium Creek Family Farm, a recreation of an Oregon Century Farm complete with farmhouse and barn, allows visitors of all ages a chance to interact with sheep, goats, chickens, and other farm animals.
The zoo is a perfect place to explore more exotic habitats. Red Ape Reserve showcases orangutans and white-cheeked gibbons. Predators of the Serengeti houses lions, cheetah, and African wild dogs, while the Africa Savanna is home to rhinos, hippos, zebras, giraffes, and more. The Africa Rainforest features fruit bats, monkeys, crocodiles, and many bright and colorful birds. The Amazon Flooded Forest gives visitors a peek at some of the many animals living in the most diverse ecosystem in the world. Other zoo residents include black bears, cougars, polar bears, penguins, lorikeets, Amur tigers, and leopards all living in lush exhibits recreating their natural habitats.
Visitors can hop aboard the Washington Park and Zoo Railway for a ride through the forested hillsides surrounding the zoo. During the summer, visitors may enjoy the four-mile loop or get off at the Rose Garden and take a stroll, enjoying a view of the city, and catch a later train back to the zoo. The zoo is Oregon’s most popular paid attraction.
The Oregon Zoo is committed to conservation, research and education and is home to more than 20 endangered and 50 threatened species. The zoo participates in more than 40 conservation breeding programs sponsored by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The zoo is a leader in animal
environmental enrichment and is internationally recognized for its successful Asian elephant breeding program with 28 elephant births to date. The most recent is a baby girl elephant named Lily. She was born on November 30, 2012, and is the second offspring of 18-year-old Rose-Tu.
In recent years, the zoo has partnered with other conservation organizations to help with the preservation of Pacific Northwest species. The zoo is taking an active role in rearing Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Columbia basin pygmy rabbits, western pond turtles, and Oregon Spotted frogs. In 2001, the Oregon Zoo joined the California Condor recovery program. In 2004 the first (and second) condor egg was laid in Oregon in more than 100 years!
Education programs involve participants from three years old to senior citizens. A–Z Preschool classes, Zoomobile outreach, Wildlife Live! shows, Conservation Lecture Series, Zoo Animal Presenters, Urban Nature Overnights, ZooCamp, and many others reach over 150,000 people each year.
Jani Iverson, Director
Address: 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland 97221