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
    The Family Farm Experience
    Bring the whole family to the Family Farm to meet some of the zoo’s goats and their feathered friends. Feed, take photos with and touch the zoo’s goats and chickens or ducks while you learn more about these incredible animals from the keepers who care for them.

    Up to six people can attend this 20-minute experience. All ages are welcome. This is an ADA-accessible encounter.

    Meet the goats and chickens on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

    Meet the goats and ducks on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

    $10 per person

    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 Barn Tour.
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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
    Close Encounters of the Bug Kind
    Take a closer look at some leaf insects, tarantulas and beetles in the Insect Zoo. Discover how keepers care for these amazing arthropods and learn how to gently handle them and take some up-close photos of what you encounter.

    Groups of four can reserve this 30-minute experience. All ages are welcome. This is an ADA-accessible encounter.

    Available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11 a.m.

    $25 per person

    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 Encounter Bugs!
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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
    All About Owls
    Ever wondered why owls are considered wise or if they can turn their heads all the way around? Meet two of the Oregon Zoo’s owl residents and discover some owl tales, folklore and roles in the ecosystem.

    Groups of six can reserve this 30-minute experience. All ages are welcome. This is an ADA-accessible encounter.

    Available Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.

    $25 per person

    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 Owl Encounter.
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    General Admission Owl Encounter
     (ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $25.00
    Member Owl Encounter
     (ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $25.00
    Infant Owl Encounter
     
    $0.00
    Reptile Encounter
    Go behind the scenes with some scaly friends from around the world. Find out more about how these animals can adapt to live in different habitats and how they live here at the zoo, all while getting close enough to touch and take photos.

    Groups of six can reserve this 30-minute experience. All ages are welcome. This is an ADA-accessible encounter.

    Available Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.

    $25 per person

    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 Reptile Encounter.
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    General Admission Reptile Encounter
     (Ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $25.00
    Member Reptile Encounter
     (Ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $25.00
    Infant Reptile Encounter
     (Ages 0-2)
     
    $0.00
    Porcupine Encounter
    Everyone who meets prehensile-tailed porcupine Bebeto falls in love with him. You don’t know what you’re missing if you haven’t had a chance to meet, feed, touch and take photos with your new favorite animal.

    Groups of 10 can reserve this 30-minute experience. All ages are welcome. This is an ADA-accessible encounter.

    Available Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at 11 a.m.

  • Zoo members: $45 per person
  • Nonmembers: $50 per person

    Please be sure you are at the designated area by 10:45 a.m. 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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    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
    Slow Down with a Sloth
    Meet Josie, a Linne’s two-toed sloth, and her caretakers. Enjoy feeding Josie and taking photos with her, though there won’t be any hugging or touching in this case.

    Available Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 10 a.m.

    Groups of 10 can reserve this 30-minute experience. All ages are welcome. This is an ADA-accessible encounter.

  • Zoo members: $70 per person
  • Nonmembers: $75 per person

    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., and you are welcome to stay all day after your Sloth Experience. 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.

    This exclusive experience is limited to just ten people per encounter. If you have fewer than ten in your party, you may be joined by other registrants, not to exceed ten persons total.

    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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    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
    Penguin Meet and Greet
    Enjoy a special visit with a couple of our penguin ambassadors. Go behind the scenes and hear from the penguin caretakers and take photos with penguins.

    Groups of six can reserve this 30-minute experience. Ages 5 and older are welcome. This encounter is not wheelchair accessible. Kids 17 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

  • Zoo members: $70 per person
  • Nonmembers: $75 per person

    We recommend sturdy shoes with good traction that will help you out on wet concrete floors. Also, be prepared for your shoes to smell a little fishy by the end of your tour. Our penguins are great swimmers, but a bit clumsy on land.

    Available Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 12:45 p.m.

    Allow plenty of time for parking and arrival. The Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m., and you are welcome to explore the Zoo before and after your Penguin Meet and Greet. 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 Experience.

    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 Meet and Greet.
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    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
    Experience Tropical Birds
    Meet Oshi, the Toco toucan, and watch as one of the zoo’s macaws creates an artistic masterpiece.

    Groups of six can reserve this 30-minute experience. All ages are welcome. This is an ADA-accessible encounter. Kids 17 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

    Available Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 11 a.m.

    Allow plenty of time for parking and arrival. The Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m., and you are welcome to explore the Zoo before and after your Tropical Birds Experience. Please be sure you are at the designated area 15 minutes before the encounter. Guests arriving after the scheduled start time will be unable to join the Experience.

  • Zoo members: $70 per person
  • Nonmembers: $75 per person

    Tropical Bird Experiences 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 Tropical Birds Experience.
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    General Admission Tropical Birds Encounter
     (ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $75.00
    Member Tropical Birds Encounter
     (ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $70.00
    Infant Tropical Birds Encounter
     (ages 0-2)
     
    $0.00
    River Otter Experience
    Explore the North American river otter habitat and meet our resident river otters. Take photos of these sleek swimmers and interact with their caretakers for this unique encounter.

    Groups of six can reserve a spot for this 30-minute experience. Ages 10 and older are welcome. This encounter is not wheelchair accessible.

    Available on Fridays and Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. through February 28. Available on Fridays and Sundays at 11:15 a.m. starting March 1.

  • Zoo members: $95 per person
  • Nonmembers: $100 per person.

    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 River Otter Tour.
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    General Admission River Otter Experience
     (Ages 10 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $100.00
    Member River Otter Experience
     (Ages 10 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $95.00
    Sea Otter Encounter
    It’s otterly true that sea otters are otterly adorable! Go behind-the-scenes to learn about how we care for the Oregon Zoo’s sea otter residents. You’ll have the opportunity to take photos and hear from the sea otter caretakers.

    Groups of six can reserve a spot for this 30-minute encounter. Ages five and older are welcome. This encounter is not wheelchair accessible. Kids 17 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

    Available on Thursdays and Sundays at 11:15 a.m. through February 28. Available Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. starting March 1.

  • Zoo members: $95 per person
  • Nonmembers: $100 per person

    Allow plenty of time for parking and arrival. The Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m., and you are welcome to explore the Zoo before and after your Otter Encounter. 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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    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
    Encounter Elephants
    Join the Oregon Zoo’s elephant caretakers for an opportunity to feed and take a photo with an elephant. Hear about elephant conservation efforts and learn how you can help.

    Groups of six can reserve a spot in this 20-minute encounter. Ages six and older are welcome. This encounter is not wheelchair accessible. Kids 17 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

    Available Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 12:45 p.m.

  • Zoo members: $145 per person
  • Nonmembers: $150 per person

    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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    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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