on June 15, 2006
I’ve visited the Oregon Zoo twice now; I enjoyed it much more than most zoos that I have been to. The Oregon Zoo is the oldest Zoo west of the Mississippi. It is situated on 64 acres with an incredible layout for visitors. This Zoo is very organized and provides easy to follow paths and signs. This zoo has my favorite animal, the polar bear in an arctic exhibit. One of the polar bears walked backwards in a circle for us while we were there watching; I was just thrilled that they weren’t sleeping. This zoo also had a Sun bear which isn’t all that common to see, they are significantly smaller than most bears; they have deep brown to black coloring and usually weigh about 150 pounds. This zoo has several different themed exhibits with lots of posted signs to help distinguish what the animals were. There was an exhibit for Africa which included hippos, giraffes, rhinos, and zebras. There was another exhibit for the African rainforest which included bats, monkeys, birds, and water fowl and the exhibits described some of the dangers that these animals face. This zoo also had a fair amount of exotic tigers and leopards to view.The Oregon Zoo is located in Washington Park in Portland. This park offers many other things besides just the zoo; they have several picnic areas, a rose tester garden, trails through forest areas, tennis courts, an arboretum and playgrounds. If you pay for admission into the zoo you have the option of paying a little extra to ride on one of the three trains that loop from the zoo out to Washington Park and then drops you back off at the zoo. This is a fun and easy way to see some of the beautiful surroundings and to experience a little relaxation while enjoying your visit to the zoo.
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