Oregon Zoo reopens to visitors

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Oregon Zoo reopens. Photos by Joseph Lohmolder

As of Friday, Feb. 19, the Oregon Zoo  reopened to visitors with precautions in place to protect public health. Face masks are required for all guests older than five years old and visitors are expected to maintain social distancing. 

In addition, pathways have been marked throughout the zoo to help guests maintain healthy distances from other parties. Some indoor attractions remain closed as well as many of the food stands. Although capacity is limited, the gift shop is open. Guests are required to purchase tickets in advance as well as reserve a time for their visit. 

The Zoo is a great way to get outside and learn while adhering to COVID-19 mandates. Because of Oregon weather and the fact that most exhibits are outdoor, guests should make sure to bring a hooded jacket or umbrella. The zoo has recently opened the Primate Forest, and will be opening the Polar Passage and Rhino habitat sometime in spring 2021. Tickets can be reserved on the Oregon Zoo website.