Oregon Zoo Honors Veterans And Service Members

Memorial Day at the zoo, presented by the Walmart Foundation, offers free admission for military veterans and active military personnel, as well as family members who accompany them to the zoo. Families of deployed military personnel also will be given free admission.

“We’re grateful to everyone who has served our country and the families who support them,” said Dr. Don Moore, zoo director. “We’re also grateful for Walmart’s continued support, which ensures that more of our community can visit the zoo and be inspired to take action for wildlife.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Oregon Zoo to honor and celebrate our veterans,” said Travis Bailey, Walmart regional general manager in the Pacific Northwest. “Walmart has a long history of supporting veterans, service members and their families. Our team is looking forward to this special day at the zoo and the opportunity to thank our veterans for their service.”  

Walmart associates will be at the zoo on Monday, May 28, greeting families and recognizing military service. Visitors can also learn about Walmart’s veterans hiring program and $20 million commitment to support job training, education and innovative public/private community-based initiatives that address challenges many veterans face when returning to civilian life. 

To receive free admission Monday, May 28, visitors must show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military identification; families of deployed military personnel must show an active duty ID. 

In addition, the zoo store is offering a 10 percent discount and all zoo food outlets are offering a 25 percent discount for veterans, active military personnel and their families, with proper identification.

As part of the Metro family, the Oregon Zoo helps make greater Portland a great place to call home. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, western pond turtles, Oregon spotted frogs and northern leopard frogs. Other projects focused on saving animals from extinction include studies on polar bears, orangutans and cheetahs. 

Support from the Oregon Zoo Foundation enhances and expands the zoo’s efforts in conservation, education and animal welfare. Members, donors and corporate and foundation partners help the zoo make a difference across the region and around the world. 

The zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. daily and is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Call TriMet Customer Service, 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit trimet.org for fare and route information.

Source: Oregon Zoo


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