Free Day At The Oregon Zoo

Visitors are invited to enjoy a free day at the Oregon Zoo on Sunday, Nov. 19.

“Periodically, the zoo hosts a free day as a thank you to the community,” said Dr. Don Moore, zoo director. “This is a great time of year to see the animals. We have a full day of activities scheduled, and we hope everyone who comes through the gates on Sunday is inspired to help create a better future for wildlife.”

Zoo hours Sunday are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities taking place include the following: 

  • 10:45 a.m. – river otter activities

  • 10:30 a.m. – crocodile feeding at African Rainforest

  • 11 a.m. – condor keeper talk

  • 11:30 a.m. – sea otter feeding

  • 12:30 p.m. – elephant activities at Forest Hall

  • 12:45 p.m. – chimpanzee feeding

  • 1 p.m. – reptile encounter at Family Farm

  • 2 p.m. – orangutan feeding

  • 2:15 p.m. – porcupine feeding

  • 2:30 p.m. – penguin feeding

  • 3 p.m. – bat feeding

“Community free days are typically busy ones for the zoo,” Dr. Moore said. “One tip for making your visit more enjoyable is to ride MAX to the zoo. You avoid traffic, don’t have to worry about parking — and the Washington Park stop lets you off just steps from the zoo entrance.”

The Sunset Transit Center park-and-ride lot — one MAX stop from the zoo — offers free parking. For more information on getting to the zoo, visit Explore Washington Park. For TriMet fare and route information, call 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit


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