The Oregon Zoo in Portland, OR covers 64 acres of land. The zoo maintains 5 major exhibits and around 1800 animals make their home at the zoo. The Zoo is also known for its botanical gardens and all of its different plant species.
The five major exhibits at the Oregon Zoo are Africa, Asia, Pacific Shores, Fragile Forest, and the Great Northwest. There are about 23 sub-exhibits with the larger ones. The zoo is home to both dangered and threatened species. The Oregon Zoo strives to model a life of sustainability by saving electricity, being conscious about water usage, putting green roofs on buildings, and using native plants are just some of the examples.
The zoo holds many fun events throughout the year. They include concerts, camps, classes, and Zoolights, night hikes, walks for seniors, and other educational events. Visitors can hop on the train and ride to the outer edges of the zoo and back. Field trips are welcome and the zoo makes the perfect background to any special event. There is a gift shop on site for buying souvenirs.
Whether attending a special event such as Octoberfest or just spending the day doing something fun with the kids, the Oregon Zoo has something to offer everyone in the family. Other things to do that are near the zoo include Portland Children's Museum, World Forestry Center, Wildwood Trail, and the Portland Japanese Garden.