Keeper Talks & Feedings

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.

Calendar of Events

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     Grizzly Bear Feeding, Hearst Grizzly Gulch (feed only)
Barnyard Stampede, Family Farm
Penguins, Penguin Island
11:00 am     Big Cat, Lion House
11:15 am     Hatchery Tour, Family Farm (weekends)
12:00 pm   Fishing Cat, Outside the Lion House (weekends)
12:30 pm   Prairie Dog & Meerkat, Exploration Zone
12:45 pm     Sifaka, Primate Discovery Center 
2:00 pm    Sea Lions, Fred Carroll Family Sea Lion Pool (feed only)
2:30 pm   Incredible Insects in Action, Insect Zoo (weekends)
Big Cat, Lion House
3:00 pm     White Pelicans, Pelican Beach
Chimpanzee Talk, Chimp Habitat
3:30 pm     Penguins, Penguin Island 
4:00 pm     Raptors, Koret Animal Resource Center (ARC)
4:30 pm   Giraffe Lodge Open House, Bernard Osher Giraffe Lodge

Other Encounters and Attractions

Red Ivory, Primate Discovery Center: Playing every 15 minutes from 3/25-9/1

Storytime Station: 10:00 am and 12:00 pm at the Carousel (weekends)

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
(weekends) 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.