Today at
the Zoo

The best way to learn about the animals is to see them interact with their keepers and to hear first-hand about their care and wellness. Must-see feedings? Grizzly bears and penguins. 

Lectures, events, classes, special features, and more.


Keeper Connections and Animal Encounters

Below is the daily Keeper Talk and feeding schedule. Please check the board at the Main Gate for updates. This schedule is subject to change as needed.

10:15 am     Red Panda, Exploration Zone
10:30 am     Barnyard Stampede, Family Farm 
Penguins, Penguin Island
10:30 am     Grizzly Bear Feeding, Hearst Grizzly Gulch
11:15 am     Hatchery Tour, Family Farm
12:00 pm   Fishing Cat, Outside of the Lion House (weekends)
12:15 pm   Sea Lion Feeding, Fred Carroll Family Sea Lion Pool
12:30 pm     Prairie Dogs, Exploration Zone
Polar Bear, Bear Country
12:45 pm    Primates, Doelger Primate Discovery Center
2:30 pm   Incredible Insects in Action, Insect Zoo
Big Cat Keeper Talk, Lion and Tiger Yards
3:00 pm     White Pelicans, Pelican Beach
Chimpanzee Talk, Doelger Primate Discovery Center
3:30 pm     Penguins, Penguin Island 
Farm Encounter, Family Farm
3:30 pm     Raptors, Koret Animal Resource Center (ARC)
3:45 pm   Giraffe Lodge Open House, Bernard Osher Giraffe Lodge


Other Encounters and Attractions

Storytime Station: Times and location may vary

Tropical Rainforest & Aviary open 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Animal Encounter, Animal Resource Center: 2:00-2:30 pm weekdays and 2:00-3:00 pm weekends

WILD WALKS, departing from Entry Village at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays, registration required. 

Wildlife Theatre Show: Returns summer of 2017  

      Nature Trail, Exploration Zone: Returns summer of 2017  

Throughout the Zoo

Around every corner, there are opportunities for learning and fun at the Zoo.

Docents: You’ll find uniformed docents throughout the Zoo who are eager to answer your questions, tell stories, and share their wealth of information.

Bio-fact Carts: Docents and youth volunteers staff carts filled with bio-facts of many different animals. See and touch fur, bones, and teeth, and learn about the fascinating physiology of our animals.

Storybooks and more: Don’t forget to pick up a keepsake Zoo Key to use in our Talking Storybooks throughout the Zoo. Other must-do's: Ride the Eugene Friend Dentzel Carousel and the Little Puffer miniature steam train, and let the kids run out all that energy at the newly renovated Elinor Friend Playground.

Zoo Manners

To ensure your visit  to the Zoo is safe and pleasant, please follow the guidelines below.