Our Mission: Inspiring our community to create a better future for wildlife.
1887, Richard Knight, a local pharmacist who collected animals as
a hobby, officially presented his menagerie to the city and the oldest
zoo west of the Mississippi was created. The Oregon Zoo is home to
animals from all corners of the world, including Asian elephants,
Peruvian penguins and Arctic polar bears. From the mist-filled Africa
Rain Forest to the majestic Great Northwest exhibits, the zoo encourages
visitors to understand and experience the natural world. Committed
to conservation of endangered species and their habitats—both
locally and around the globe—the zoo is a center for wildlife
preservation and field research. The Oregon Zoo’s award-winning
education programs serve nearly 700,000 people both at
the zoo and at schools, senior and community centers around the region.
A summer concert series, seasonal events and the zoo railway help
this popular Oregon attraction draw more than one million visitors
each year. The Oregon Zoo is all of this, but it is also a safe place
for families to share moments of discovery and fun.