Animal Encounters
Animal Encounters
Join us for some engaging and informative animal encounters!

Some of our most popular program animals are waiting for you - they want to share with you what they eat, how they live, and what you can do to help animals in the world.

Availability is limited so we recommend booking early. Please check the times of each of the encounters if you wish to do more than one per day so you have enough time to enjoy each one.

  • NOTE: Admission is separate from the animal experiences. Please select your admission tickets below and add them to your cart before adding your encounter(s).

    All participants must purchase a tour ticket. Kids under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

    Please show your animal encounter tickets to the gate attendant when you get your entrance tickets scanned.

    Animal presentations and behind-the-scenes areas are subject to change based on the health and welfare of the animals or weather conditions.

    Parking can be challenging on busy days. Consider taking TriMet - the #63 bus and the Blue and Red MAX lines stop just steps from the Zoo entrance. Uber and Lyft also have convenient drop-off and pick-up locations near the education center.

    Please allow plenty of time to get to the Zoo so you don’t miss out on your experience – or experiences. For more information on parking and transportation options to Washington Park, check out the Explore Washington Park site here.
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    Adult General Admission
     (agers 12-64)
     
    $17.95
    Senior General Admission
     (ages 65 and over)
     
    $15.95
    Youth General Admission
     (ages 3-11)
     
    $12.95
    Infant admission ticket
     (ages 0-2)
     
    $0.00
    Family Farm
    Meet the zoo's goats and their feathered friends. Learn more about ducks, chickens, and goats from the people who care for them, take photos, and get the chance to pet and feed these adorable animals. ADA accessible and open to all ages.

  • Experience length: 20 minutes
  • Group size: Up to six people
  • Cost: $10 per person. Admission is separate.

    Schedule: Beginning May 25, the schedule will be Tuesday - Sundays, 10:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

    Please advise us of any disabilities, special needs, medical conditions, or any other concerns you may have that could prevent you from fully participating in the experience. The more information you can provide, the better we can assist you. Call our reception office at 503-226-1567 if you have any questions or concerns.

    Please note: Service animals are not permitted on the Barn Tour.
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    Price
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    General Admission Barn Tour
     (ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $10.00
    Member Barn Tour
     (ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $10.00
    Infant Barn Tour
     (ages 0-2)
     
    $0.00
    Bug Tour
    Know bugs better! Visit the Insect Zoo, talk with keepers, and touch and take photos with amazing arthropods like beetles, leaf insects, and tarantulas. ADA accessible and open to all ages.

    Experience length: 20 minutes Group size: Up to four people Cost: $25 per person. Admission is separate. Schedule: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11 a.m.

    Please advise us of any disabilities, special needs, medical conditions, or any other concerns you may have that could prevent you from fully participating in the experience. The more information you can provide, the better we can assist you. Call our reception office at 503-226-1567 if you have any questions or concerns.

    Please note: Service animals are not permitted on the Bugs tour.
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    Price
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    General Admission Bugs! Encounter
     (ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $25.00
    Member Bugs! Encounter
     (ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $25.00
    Infant Bugs! Encounter
     (ages 0-2)
     
    $0.00
    Porcupines
    Get to know Bebeto! This encounter includes the chance to feed and touch Bebeto, the prehensile-tailed porcupine, take photos, and learn all about him from his caretakers. ADA accessible and open to all ages.

    Experience length: 30 minutes Group size: Up to 10 people Zoo members: $45 per person Nonmembers: $50 per person. Admission is separate. Schedule: Beginning May 25, the schedule will be Wednesday - Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

    Please be sure you are at the designated area 15 minutes before your encounter. Guests arriving after the scheduled start time will be unable to join the Porcupine Encounter.

    Porcupine Encounters are held rain or shine. This encounter is primarily indoors, but please dress for the weather for the walk to and from the location.

    Please advise us of any disabilities, special needs, medical conditions, or any other concerns you may have that could prevent you from fully participating in the experience. The more information you can provide, the better we can assist you. Call our reception office at 503-226-1567 if you have any questions or concerns.

    Please note: Service animals are not permitted on the Porcupine Encounter.
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    Price
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    General Admission Porcupine Encounter
     (ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $50.00
    Member Porcupine Encounter
     (ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $45.00
    Infant Porcupine Encounter
     (ages 0-2)
     
    $0.00
    Tortoise Encounter
    Slow down and chill with African spurred tortoises Shelly and Dozer.

    Guests will be able to photograph and feed these two large tortoises.

    Up to four people at a time may reserve quality time with these majestic tortoises for 30 minutes. All ages are welcome. Kids 17 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

    Available on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11:30am.

    Allow plenty of time for parking and arrival. The Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. Please be sure you are at the designated area 15 minutes early. Guests arriving after the scheduled start time will be unable to join the Tortoise Time.

    Animal Experiences are held rain or shine. This encounter is primarily indoors, but please dress for the weather for the walk to and from the Tortoise Time location.

    Please advise us of any disabilities, special needs, medical conditions, or any other concerns you may have that could prevent you from fully participating in the experience. The more information you can provide, the better we can assist you. Call our reception office at 503-226-1567 if you have any questions or concerns.

    Please note: Service animals are not permitted on the Tortoise Encounter.
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    Price
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    General Admission Tortoise Encounter
     (ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $50.00
    Member Tortoise Encounter
     (ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $45.00
    Infant Tortoise Encounter
     (ages 0-2)
     
    $0.00
    Sloth
    Slow down for Josie the Linne's two-toed sloth. Feed Josie her favorite snacks, take some up-close photos, and talk with her keepers. Like all sloths, Josie moves at her own pace, so bring a little patience! ADA accessible and open to all ages.

    Encounter length: 30 minutes Group size: Up to 10 people Zoo members: $70 per person Nonmembers: $75 per person. Admission is separate. Schedule: Beginning May 25, the schedule will be Tuesday - Thursday, and Saturday at 10 a.m.

    Please be at the meeting location at sign post 10 near the baobob tree in Predators by 9:45am. The Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. Allow plenty of time for parking and arrival. Guests arriving after the scheduled start time will be unable to join the Sloth Experience.

    This Sloth Experience is intended for all ages. All participants must purchase an encounter ticket. Kids 17 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

    Sloth Experiences are held rain or shine. This encounter is primarily indoors, but please dress for the weather for the walk to and from the Sloth Experience location.

    Please advise us of any disabilities, special needs, medical conditions, or any other concerns you may have that could prevent you from fully participating in the experience. The more information you can provide, the better we can assist you. Call our reception office at 503-226-1567 if you have any questions or concerns.

    Please note: Service animals are not permitted on the Sloth Experience.
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    Price
    Qty
    General Admission Sloth Encounter
     (Ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $75.00
    Member Sloth Encounter
     (Ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $70.00
    Infant Sloth Encounter ticket
     (ages 0-2)
     
    $0.00
    Penguins
    Break out the tux (and some sensible shoes). Go behind the scenes to learn all about Humboldt penguins, take some photos, and get the chance to touch the Zoo’s black-and-white ambassadors. Open to ages 5 and older.

    Encounter length: 30 minutes Group size: Up to six people Zoo members: $70 per person Nonmembers: $75 per person. Admission is separate. Schedule: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 12:45 p.m.

    Allow plenty of time for parking and arrival. Please be sure you are at the designated area 15 minutes ahead of time. Guests arriving after the scheduled start time will be unable to join the encounter.

    Penguin Meet and Greets are held rain or shine. This encounter is primarily indoors, but please dress for the weather for the walk to and from the location.

    Please advise us of any disabilities, special needs, medical conditions, or any other concerns you may have that could prevent you from fully participating in the experience. The more information you can provide, the better we can assist you. Call our reception office at 503-226-1567 if you have any questions or concerns.

    Please note: Service animals are not permitted on the Penguin tour.
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    Price
    Qty
    General Admission Penguin Encounter
     (ages 5 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $75.00
    Member Penguin Encounter
     (ages 5 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $70.00
    Sea Otters
    It's otterly true that sea otters are otterly adorable. Go behind the scenes at Steller Cove, take photos, and learn all about the Zoo’s sea otters from their keepers. Open to ages 5 and older.

    Experience length: 30 minutes Group size: Up to six people Zoo members: $95 per person Nonmembers: $100 per person. Admission is separate. Schedule: Thursdays - Sundays at 11:15 a.m.

    Allow plenty of time for parking and arrival. Please be sure you are at the designated area 15 minutes before your encounter. Guests arriving after the scheduled start time will be unable to join the Otter Encounter.

    Otter Encounters are held rain or shine. Please be sure you have sturdy shoes with good traction as you will be walking on wet surfaces.

    Please advise us of any disabilities, special needs, medical conditions, or any other concerns you may have that could prevent you from fully participating in the experience. The more information you can provide, the better we can assist you. Call our reception office at 503-226-1567 if you have any questions or concerns.

    Please note: Service animals are not permitted on the Otter Encounter.
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    Price
    Qty
    General Admission Otter Encounter
     (ages 5 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $100.00
    Member Otter Encounter
     (ages 5 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $95.00
    Lemur Encounters
    Come meet our newest residents - the lemurs! These cute natives of Madagascar are now in the Serengeti exhibit. Lemurs are considered highly endangered and have quite a story to tell.

    Experience length: 30 minutes Ages: 10 and up Group size: Up to four people Zoo members: $95 per person Nonmembers: $100 per person. Admission is separate. This encounter is not ADA accessible Schedule: Thursday through Sunday, 11:30am.

    Please allow for plenty of time for parking and arrival. Please be sure you are at the designated area 15 minutes before your tour begins. Guests arriving after the scheduled start time will not be able to join the tour.

    Tours are held rain or shine. This encounter is primarily indoors, but please dress for the weather.

    Please advise us of any disabilities, special needs, medical conditions, or any other concerns you may have that could prevent you from fully participating in the experience. The more information you can provide, the better we can assist you. Call our reception office at 503-226-1567 if you have any questions or concerns.

    Please note: Service animals are not permitted on the Lemur Encounter.
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    Price
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    General Admission Lemur Encounter
     (Ages 10+)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $100.00
    Member Lemur Encounter
     (Ages 10+)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $95.00
    Encounter Elephants
    Get up close with some of the world’s largest and most awe-inspiring animals. This encounter includes the opportunity to feed and take a photo with the Zoo’s elephants. Open to ages 6 and older.

    Experience length: 20 minutes Group size: Up to six people Zoo members: $145 per person Nonmembers: $150 per person. Admission is separate. Schedule: Beginning May 25, the schedule will be Tuesday - Sunday at 12:45 p.m.
    Please allow for plenty of time for parking and arrival. Please be sure you are at the designated area 15 minutes before your tour begins. Guests arriving after the scheduled start time will not be able to join the tour.

    Tours are held rain or shine. This encounter is primarily outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Please advise us of any disabilities, special needs, medical conditions, or any other concerns you may have that could prevent you from fully participating in the experience. The more information you can provide, the better we can assist you. Call our reception office at 503-226-1567 if you have any questions or concerns.

    Please note: Service animals are not permitted on the Elephant Tour.
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    Price
    Qty
    General Admission Encounter Elephants
     (Ages 6 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $150.00
    Member Encounter Elephants
     (Ages 6 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $145.00

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