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
Ostrich, African Savanna
11:15 am     Hatchery Tour, Family Farm
11:30 am     Grizzly Bear Feeding, Hearst Grizzly Gulch
12:00 pm   Fishing Cat, Lion House
12:15 pm     Sea Lions, Fred Carroll Family Sea Lion Pool
12:30 pm     Prairie Dogs, Exploration Zone
Chimpanzee, Doelger Primate Discovery Center
Polar Bear, Bear Country
12:45 pm    Mandrill, Doelger Primate Discovery Center
2:30 pm     Incredible Insects in Action, Insect Zoo
Big Cat Keeper Talk, Lion House or Lion and Tiger Yards 
3:00 pm     White Pelicans, Pelican Beach
Black Rhino, Cat Kingdom
3:30 pm     Penguins, Penguin Island
Peccary, Bear Country
Farm Encounter, Family Farm
4:00 pm     Raptors, Koret Animal Resource Center (ARC)
4:30 pm     Giraffe Lodge Open House, Bernard Osher Giraffe Lodge

Other Encounters and Attractions

Lion House Open Hours: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wildlife Theatre Shows: 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm*

Nature Trail, Exploration Zone: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm*

ARC Animal Encounter, Animal Resource Center: 2:30 - 3:00 pm

*Daily, then weekends only from August 15 through September 6, 2015

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.