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.

Starting Thursday August 13, The Lion House will be closed to the public. Our lions, Jahari, Sukari and Amanzi are part of the African Lion Species Survival Program (SSP), and as with our other SSP cat species, such as Sumatran tigers and fishing cats, they are in an active conservation breeding program. As we have done in the past, we will be closing the Lion House to give them more privacy for this process. While the lions will be provided the opportunity to come and go from habitat to the back of house all of our other cats will be visible outside in their exhibits. During the closure our animal care staff will continue to provide our 2:30 pm keeper talks to our guests outside at one of our Big Cat habitats.*

10:15 am     Red Panda, Exploration Zone
10:30 am     Barnyard Stampede, Family Farm 
Penguins, Penguin Island
11:15 am     Hatchery Tour, Family Farm
11:30 am     Grizzly Bear Feeding, Hearst Grizzly Gulch
12:00 pm   Fishing Cat, Outside of the Lion House
12:30 pm     Prairie Dogs, Exploration Zone
Polar Bear, Bear Country
12:45 pm    Pied Tamarin, Doelger Primate Discovery Center
2:00 pm     Animal Encounter, Koret Animal Resource Center (ARC)
2:30 pm     Incredible Insects in Action, Insect Zoo (weekends)
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
Raptors, Koret Animal Resource Center (ARC)
4:30 pm     Giraffe Lodge Open House, Bernard Osher Giraffe Lodge

Other Encounters and Attractions


ARC Animal Encounter, Animal Resource Center: 2:00 - 2:30 pm

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

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 with you.

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.