The Oregon Zoo

Dated: 06/24/2016

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A trip to a zoo is a classic opportunity to view the wonders of nature.  Portland has a wonderful zoo.  This zoo even has it’s own train!  A train ride and a zoo at the same place ?  This place definitely has something for kids of all ages!


The zoo began in the 1880’s on the docks near the Willamette River.  Pharmacist Richard Knight located his shop there.  He was known as a man with a big heart towards animals.  Many sailors had animals from other parts of the world.  If a sailor grew tired of his parrot or monkey, he would ask Knight to care for the animal.  The animals were kept at the back of the store and two bears were staked on a vacant lot. In 1888, Knight began negotiations with the city of Portland to donate the animals to the city park.  From these casual beginnings, the zoo grew to an attraction with over 1.5 million visitors each year.


The Oregon Zoo is divided into 5 sections.  

  1. The Great Northwest : highlights include bears, bobcats, beavers and bald eagles.

  2. Forests : showcase sun bears, snakes, chimpanzees, sun bears and orangutans.

  3. The Asia exhibit includes the popular Elephant Lands. This includes a new indoor space to observe the elephants.

  4. Pacific Shore features : polar bears, harbor seals, penguins and sea otters.

  5. Africa includes: lions, cheetahs, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, monkeys and an aviary.


The Washington Park and Zoo Railway will be running a different route during the Summer of 2016. It will not run to the Rose Garden due to repairs to structural supports. The zoo loop will run for about 6 minutes. Note: the price of rail tickets is separate from the entry cost to the zoo.  


Concerts at The Oregon Zoo. The Oregon Zoo has hosted outdoor concerts since 1979. Experience the sunset and live music with the Image titlecompanionship of the zoo animals.  Maybe a lion will add his roar to the vocals ? Buy your tickets early.  Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase.  The 2016 lineup includes :

  • Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, July 3.

  • The B-52s, July 23.

  • Ziggy Marley, August 4.

  • Pink Martini ( a local favorite) August 5 and 6.

To view the complete lineup view : http://www.zooconcerts.com/#content   

Tickets include zoo admission earlier the same day. To purchase: www.zooconcerts.com .


The 64 acre Oregon Zoo is located in Washington Park. Several hiking trails run near the zoo and you can walk / hike from the zoo to other park locations. The zoo is located at 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland Oregon.  You can get there via light rail, bus, car or foot.  For directions and parking information click http://www.oregonzoo.org/visit/plan-your-trip/getting-zoo-and-parking .


All too often, locals overlook spots that are a “must see” for visitors. Take the time to enjoy our local attractions.  It will remind you of how many great things there are to see and do in Portland!

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Shawn Skinner

Your Portland Metro Broker with over 15 years experience Shawn remains continuously updated on market trends, financing and legal reforms, so he can help you make informed decisions. The real estat....

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