Oregon Zoo

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Kathi A E on May 30, 2005

The Oregon Zoo has gone through many a transformation over the years. It began its incarnation as the Portland Zoo, then morphed into the Washington Park Zoo and - by far the best transformation - the Oregon Zoo. With each transformation, major changes have occurred, with the exhibits going from the old-fashioned cement and bars to the fantastic habitats of today. The Oregon Zoo shows off the best the Northwest has to offer by specializing in native species, as well as other animals shown by continent. If you only have time for one set of exhibits, don't miss the Great Northwest and the Pacific Shores. The native northwest animals are a sight to behold and are frequently quite active, as this is their climate. The exhibits have been designed to get you up close and personal with the animals and have several interactive and educational stops along the way. There is even a "beach" sand pit for kids to play in at Pacific Shores - under cover, in case Oregon's "liquid sunshine" is making itself known. The Oregon Zoo also maintains a world-class elephant exhibit. The Oregon Zoo has one of the most prolific captive elephant-breading programs, where you can see Packy and all his elephant pals. Likewise, the polar bears and penguins are also distinctive exhibits. Seasonal activities also add to the fun. Summer brings the Wells Fargo Summer Concerts, featuring the likes of Susan Vega and the Indigo Girls. October hosts Howloween at the Zoo, and starting right after Thanksgiving are the Zoo Lights. For more information, visit the Oregon Zoo online.
Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, Oregon, 97221
(503) 220-2786


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