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     Wolverine, Wolverine Exhibit
11:15 am     Chimpanzee Talk, Chimp Habitat
Hatchery Tour, Family Farm 
12:30 pm
Sifaka, Primate Discovery Center
Prairie Dog & Meerkat, Exploration Zone
2:00 pm   Sea Lion, Fred Carroll Family Sea Lion Pool (feed only)
Mandrill, Primate Discovery Center
2:15 pm   Gray Wolf, Bear Country
2:30 pm   Incredible Insects in Action, Insect Zoo (weekends)
Big Cat, Lion House
3:00 pm     Rainforest Animals, S.A. Tropical Rainforest & Aviary
3:30 pm    Penguin, Penguin Island
3:45 pm   Giraffe Lodge Open House, Bernard Osher Giraffe Lodge


Other Encounters and Attractions

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

Lion House:
11:00am - 4:00pm

Animal Encounter at the ARC:
Thursday & Friday 2pm - 2:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 2pm - 3pm

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.