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

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.

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

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

During the summer, 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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Description
Price
Qty
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 Experience
Bring your whole family down to the Barn, where you can pet, feed, and take photos with the zoo’s goats and ducks.

Learn more about these incredible animals from the keepers who look after them.

The Barn tour is intended for all ages. All participants must purchase a tour ticket. Kids under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

This experience is limited to groups of six at a time. Your tour will last 20 minutes with these friendly farm animals.

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. Available every day at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 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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Description
Price
Qty
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
Encounter Bugs!
Experience life inside the Insect Zoo, where visitors can touch and take photos of leaf insects, tarantulas, cockroaches, and beetles.

Find out all about how to gently handle these interesting insects from the keepers who care for them.

Book your encounter now to spend 30 minutes with these cool bugs. All ages are welcome. Kids 17 and under must be accompanied by a paid adult. This encounter is for just 4 people at a time, so don't delay!

Allow plenty of time for parking and arrival. Please be sure you are at the designated area by 9:45am. Guests arriving after the scheduled start time will be unable to join.

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 Nature Exploration Station.

Available every day at 10 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 Encounter Bugs!
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Description
Price
Qty
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
Tortoise Time
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 Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at noon.

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 Tortoise Time. Please be sure you are at the designated area by 11:45am. 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 Time.
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Description
Price
Qty
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
Porcupine Encounter
Everyone who meets prehensile-tailed porcupine Bebeto falls in love. You don’t know what you’re missing in your life until you get to meet, feed, touch, and take photos with your new favorite animal.

Learn more about Bebeto and discover the best way to interact with this spiky creature from the folks who look after him.

Each encounter is limited to just 10 people who can meet Bebeto. This is an all ages event, but kids 17 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Available on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

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 by 9:45 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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Description
Price
Qty
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
Penguin Meet and Greet
  • This encounter is for those ages 5 and up. No infants or toddlers, please.

    Learn about penguins while enjoying a special 30-minute visit with Humboldt penguins Mochica, Huancaina, and Panquehue, who you can touch and take photos with.

    Up to six people ages 5 and up can attend this fun and educational experience. Kids 17 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

    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.

    This encounter is available on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 12:30 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 by 12:15 p.m. 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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    Description
    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
    Painting with Macaws
    It just so happens that the zoo’s blue-and-gold macaw Pele and green-winged macaw Makani are underappreciated artists.

    The macaws will create a custom painting while you watch, and then visitors will take a painting home with them.

    Guests will take photos and watch the macaws in action.

    The zoo is offering 30-minute experiences for groups of up to six. All ages are welcome. Kids 17 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

    Available on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 1:30 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 Painting with Macaws Experience. Please be sure you are at the designated area by 1:15 pm. Guests arriving after the scheduled start time will be unable to join the Painting with Macaws Experience.

    Macaw 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 Painting with Macaws Experience.
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    Description
    Price
    Qty
    General Admission Macaw Encounter
     (ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $75.00
    Member Macaw Encounter
     (ages 3 and up)
     
    Select Date/Time
    $70.00
    Infant Macaw Encounter
     (ages 0-2)
     
    $0.00
    Sea Otter Encounter
  • This encounter is for those ages 5 and up. No infants or toddlers, please.

    Few zoo residents have made a bigger splash than the Southern sea otters Eddie, Juno, and Lincoln.

    Now is your chance to get close to the beloved social media stars and take photos with them.

    Groups of six will spend 30 minutes with the otters, while learning about them from their caretakers. Kids 17 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

    This encounter is available on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 2 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 Otter Encounter. Please be sure you are at the designated area by 1:45 pm. 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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    Description
    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
    Sloth Encounter
    Slow down and enjoy this private, 30 minute encounter with ‘Josie’, the Zoo’s famous Linne’s two-toed sloth and her keeper. Guests will have the opportunity to experience Josie up close and personal, including snack time and priceless photo ops! Sorry, no hugging or touching the sloth.

    This encounter is available Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 10am.

    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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    Description
    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

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