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Visiting Oregon Zoo Portland

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Situated in Washington Park, Portland, Oregon, The Oregon Zoo is one of the most visited highlights of the park and of America, in general. The 64-acre zoo was originally named the Portland Zoo, which was later changed to the Washington Park Zoo, and now Oregon Zoo. The oldest zoo in the area, it was founded in 1888 with the efforts of Richard Knight, a pharmacist. Located at the west of the magnanimous Mississippi river, this zoo is the perfect place for wildlife lovers.

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Explore the Stupendous, Serene Wildlife at Oregon Zoo

Explore the Stupendous, Serene Wildlife at Oregon Zoo

The Family Farm Experience

The Family Farm Experience

Among the many highlights of the world-famous Oregon Zoo oo is the Family Farm. It's the perfect place to hang out with your whole family and has close look at animals such as chickens, ducks, and goats. The keepers will tell you a lot of important information about these amazing domestic beings. A good chance to know how to take care of them in the best way possible! The guided tour lasts for nearly 20 minutes and can be attended by up to six people at a time. No matter your age, just get in and enjoy an ADA-accessible encounter.



In 2020, the park will start inhabiting chimpanzees, courtesy of community supported bond. The aim of this bond is to help these incredible animals roam freely around a natural habitat. For this reason, a new area, called the Primate Forest, is being opened shortly. The larger natural area will provide the chimps with more options to hang out in the entire day and choose from a family and solitary life as per their preferences. This is good for visitors as well who will be getting a fantastic opportunity to watch the animals in their natural behavior.



Catio offers opportunities to climb, scratch, and play. Constructed in partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital, Catio contains comfortable cushions and chairs where you can enjoy napping. The place is surrounded by a mesh screen to help cats easily and safely experience the outside world. Allowing outdoors access to indoor cats, Catio takes care of these lovely animals' protection from hazards like vehicles, poisons coyotes, and infectious diseases. It's the best way to know how to construct a catio at your home using resources from Cats Safe, Feral Cat Coalition, and Catio Spaces.

Red Ape Reserve

Red Ape Reserve

This is one of the most admired highlights of the zoo where you'll see white-cheeked gibbons swinging just like they do in their native habitat in the Southeast Asian rainforest. You'll also get a chance to know about these primates' physical features like short thumbs and long arms, orangutan intelligence, along with exploring a diversity of ongoing conservation work.

Oregon Zoo Gift Shop

Oregon Zoo Gift Shop

Don't forget about the souvenir while leaving the zoo! Check out the Oregon Zoo Gift Shop where you can buy anything from plush animals, unique clothing for adults and children, diverse books, and a lot more. In addition, the shop offers artisanal gifts, created from recycled materials. Fair Trade certified gifts offered by the shop include totes, tablet cases, messenger bags, and wallets created from reused banners displayed in the zoo. Do check out an extensive range of best-out-of-waste jewelry made from items from Africa and Asia.

Oregon Zoo Portland Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

You can buy tickets at the entrance. When you buy tickets online, it gives you an opportunity to bypass ticket lines. Purchase print-at-home tickets for up to 19 people. Children 2 and below are admitted for free but they need a ticket, which is available at the zoo's ticket counter. You can also buy tickets online and get them e-mailed to you if you don't have a printer at home.

How To Get Around?

You can leisurely walk around the zoo. As safari is the major attraction at the Oregon Zoo, most are guided tours where you get to travel around the zoo and explore exotic wildlife under experienced navigators on a caravan, cart, jungle ropes, and flight line. Another option to travel around the zoo is a special train that runs daily from mid-March to Memorial Day and then again till October after Labor Day. Trains start at around 10:30 am and travel the Oregon Zoo Loop, a one-mile course around the Oregon Zoo's perimeter.

What Should I Wear?

Feel free to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable throughout the day. Jeans, shorts, trousers, skirt, leggings, etc. are all great options. Avoid high heels as you might have to walk a while across the zoo, exploring its charm and exquisite wildlife. Consider using sunscreens to prevent sunburns and rashes while visiting the zoo in midsummers. A small backpack will help carry small stuff conveniently.

Oregon Zoo Portland Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best time to explore Oregon Zoo is during spring when the climate is mild and comfortable. The busiest time of the year is from June to September and particularly, during school vacations when you can have a great excursion out in the wilds with your family.


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Will I Need a Guide?

You do not need a guide to visit or move around the Oregon Zoo. Moving around is hassle-free, zoo tours are guided, and all the necessary information is available on this website.

How To Get There?

For overseas visitors, Portland International Airport is the nearest touch point. Easy accommodation can be available at a nearby hotel and they can get a roundtrip to the Oregon Zoo arranged for you conveniently. From within the US, domestic airports, trains and cars make sense.

Additional Info

To stay away from heavy crowds, consider touring the zoo counter-clockwise. If you aren't a zoo member, purchase tickets online before you coming to the zoo to bypass the line and save time.

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