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Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd
Portland
OR
97221
Tel: 503-226-1561

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The Oregon Zoo is home to animals from all corners of the world, including Asian elephants, Peruvian penguins and Arctic polar bears. From the mist-filled Africa Rain Forest to the majestic Great Northwest exhibits, the zoo encourages visitors to understand and experience the natural world. Committed to conservation of endangered species and their habitatsboth locally and around the globethe zoo is a center for wildlife preservation and field research. The Oregon Zoo's award-winning education programs serve more than a half-million people both at the zoo and at schools, senior and community centers around the region. A summer concert series, seasonal events and the zoo railway help this popular Oregon attraction draw more than one million visitors each year. The Oregon Zoo is all of this, but it is also a safe place for families to share moments of discovery and fun.
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    I feel like this is one of the best Zoos in the country; they really take care of their animals here. I get their emails every week about the welfare of each animal. They are transparent about their business, construction, pregnancies, births, and even deaths.
    Being a member allows me to visit more often. I go two or three times a month, allowing me to see all the animals eventually. They all have their "off days," once in a while, so if you go expecting to see something, you may be disappointed.
    Oh, and if you hate crowds, don't go to their Walmart...Read More

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    What a fun place spend the day! I can't wait to see what all the construction brings next year. The new elephant habitat should be amazing!

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    I used to like going to the zoo more but over the last few years I feel they have not done the best of jobs. I am really happy they are doing the new construction for the elephants and polar bears. My favorite thing to do after being at the zoo is to stop by the gift shop and get some fudge. Only this time it came in a plastic container and just doesn't taste as good. I am disappointed.

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    My wife, kids and I just recently moved from Seattle and I had previously lived in LA. Both having bigger zoos then Oregon's. We were not expecting the same experience at the Oregon Zoo. We were pleasantly surprised at how great the zoo was. Ya, it might not be as big but it has a great selection of animals and the zoo has one the most beautiful locations then the other zoos I have been too. We have been back a few times and really enjoyed zoo lights around Christmas time was great. We hear they have great concerts during the summer and can't wait...Read More

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    First off, we went on a Friday morning. There was no parking; we circled for a while before finding one recently vacated spot in the lot next to the exit.

    The zoo was absolutely packed with multiple schools or daycare centers farming out their kids here for the day. It was not particularly good weather either, overcast and 60 degrees. The kids were running everywhere, completely out of control, yelling, hitting each other, throwing things, blocking walkways, etc. I'll have to call ahead in the future to see when it's open to the general public,...Read More

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by Danielle Vandenberg

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I feel like this is one of the best Zoos in the country; they really take care of their animals here. I get their emails every week about the welfare of each animal. They are transparent about their business, construction, pregnancies, births, and even deaths.
Being a member allows me to visit more often. I go two or three times a month, allowing me to see all the animals eventually. They all have their "off days," once in a while, so if you go expecting to see something, you may be disappointed.
Oh, and if you hate crowds, don't go to their Walmart sponsored discounted 2nd Tuesday event. SO MANY PEOPLE.

by Jay Lantz

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My wife, kids and I just recently moved from Seattle and I had previously lived in LA. Both having bigger zoos then Oregon's. We were not expecting the same experience at the Oregon Zoo. We were pleasantly surprised at how great the zoo was. Ya, it might not be as big but it has a great selection of animals and the zoo has one the most beautiful locations then the other zoos I have been too. We have been back a few times and really enjoyed zoo lights around Christmas time was great. We hear they have great concerts during the summer and can't wait to check one of those out. Strongly recommend checking the zoo out if you have not already.

by Eric Lee

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First off, we went on a Friday morning. There was no parking; we circled for a while before finding one recently vacated spot in the lot next to the exit.

The zoo was absolutely packed with multiple schools or daycare centers farming out their kids here for the day. It was not particularly good weather either, overcast and 60 degrees. The kids were running everywhere, completely out of control, yelling, hitting each other, throwing things, blocking walkways, etc. I'll have to call ahead in the future to see when it's open to the general public, not daycare centers.

My kids would have liked to have seen animals too, but they weren't rude enough to push their way to the front of every display and stand there facing away from the display blocking it while fighting with other children.

The displays were hit and miss. About 1/3 of them were empty, not counting the ones under construction. There is obviously extensive renovation underway. I would suggest making some of the walkways wider. It only took one woman with a massive side by side stroller to completely block 25 people from being able to pass through.

It was fairly clean. The food wasn't that unreasonably priced. The staff seemed nice enough.

It was unimpressive overall though. Basically every other zoo I've been to was better.

The Weather

Wednesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 72° F / 22° C
Humidity: 44 %
Wind: NNW - 8 MPH

Thursday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 68° F / 20° C
Humidity: 59 %
Wind: NW - 6 MPH

Friday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 64° F / 18° C
Humidity: 66 %
Wind: SW - 7 MPH

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