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The Oregon Zoo’s New Plan

admin • 1 Jul 2015

The Oregon Zoo, along with the Portland architecture and planning firm, SRG Partnership, CLR Design, Atelier Dreiseitl and other consultants with experience planning and developing other zoos, aquariums and parks will be creating a course for the zoo for the next 25 years. The consultants will spend the next year evaluating zoo operations and creating a master plan for projects for the next 25 years. The projects will be funded by the $125 million zoo bond measure that passed in 2008.

Once the master plan is complete in 2011, the zoo will spend about eight years building the new exhibits. The consultants will also provide expert advice on conservation of water and energy. There will be various sustainability initiatives such as harvesting rainwater, improving the efficiency of heating and cooling systems, reclaiming and recycling water from animal exhibits, and generating energy on site. The new designs at the zoo will improve visitor circulation and as well as grading, landscaping, construction materials, lighting and exhibit signs. The new projects will also update some of the 50 year old exhibits at the zoo that are warn out and outdated.

Zoo Hours:
Daily: 9am – 4pm

$10.50 for general admission (ages 12-64)
$9 for seniors (65 and up)
$7.50 for children (ages 3-11)
Free for those 2 & younger

$2 per car

4001 SW Canyon Rd | Portland, OR 97221

(503) 226-1561

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