This year has brought about many changes, but it’s still possible to spend an idyllic summer evening at the Oregon Zoo.
Beginning this week, the zoo will offer extended hours on Thursdays through Sundays, with the last entry for timed tickets at 6:30 p.m. (7 p.m. for members) and zoo grounds remaining open until 8:30. Hours will shift slightly as the days grow shorter.
The zoo’s food outlets will stay open later as well, offering takeaway dinner options and a selection of local beers and wines.
“As a parent, I’m always looking to get outside with my family in the summertime, and the zoo is a great place to be on these perfect Portland evenings,” said deputy director Utpal Passi. “It’s a good chance to see animals that are active during twilight hours.”
To help ensure a safe experience for all, the following measures are currently in place at the zoo:
• Timed ticketing/limited attendance: To prevent crowding and long lines, the zoo is operating with reduced capacity and timed ticketing. All guests — including zoo members — must reserve tickets online in advance. Guests will choose a day and time to visit, and receive an electronic ticket to be scanned once they arrive. Tickets may be reserved/purchased via the zoo website.
• Primarily outdoor experience: Guests follow a one-way, mostly open-air path through the zoo’s 64-acre park-like campus, with some indoor and high-touch areas remaining closed. Visitors should keep an eye out for blue “Paws [pause] for Safety” markers along the route. Carousel and train rides will not be operating.
• Masks/face coverings: To help protect the safety of animals, staff and guests, face coverings are required for zoo employees and for all guests ages 5 and over upon entry and in designated areas. Guests ages 2-4 are encouraged to wear masks if possible. Guests who are unable to wear a mask or face covering for medical reasons will be exempt.
• Handwashing and sanitizing stations: Additional handwashing and sanitizing stations have been added throughout the zoo.
To learn more about what to expect when you visit, or to purchase tickets, go to www.oregonzoo.org/visit/oregon-zoo-reopening.
Source: Oregon Zoo