The Oregon Zoo is Portland’s largest paid attraction, with over 1.4 annual visitors. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest North American zoo west of the Mississippi river. Formerly known as Washington Park Zoo, the Oregon Zoo is located southwest of downtown, in Portland’s Washington Park. Most animal exhibits in the Oregon Zoo are spacious natural or semi-natural environments, in stark contrast to the familiar bars and cages of most zoos. The Oregon Zoo has over a thousand specimens representing 200 species, 21 of which are endangered.
Portland’s zoo became world famous in 1962 with the birth of “Packy”, the first elephant born in the Western Hemisphere in 44 years. Packy is currently the largest Asian elephant in the United States. Since his birth, a total of 27 more calves have been born at the Oregon Zoo, including seven sired by Packy, making it the most successful zoo elephant breeding program in the world.
April 15 – Sept. 15
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grounds open till 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 – April 14
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grounds open till 5 p.m.
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Portland, OR 97221-9704
Oregon Zoo on Portland Octopus