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Oregon Zoo and Walmart partner for another year of discounts

Asian elephants Rose-Tu and Samudra beat the heat on a summer day at the Oregon Zoo. Admission to the zoo is just $4 on Tuesday, Aug. 12, thanks to the popular Second Tuesday program, sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.
Asian elephants Rose-Tu and Samudra beat the heat on a summer day at the Oregon Zoo. Admission to the zoo is just $4 on Tuesday, Aug. 12, thanks to the popular Second Tuesday program, sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.
Photo by Shervin Hess, courtesy of the Oregon Zoo.

The Walmart Foundation has renewed its presenting sponsorship of the Oregon Zoo’s popular Second Tuesdays program, which offers visitors a chance to see the zoo for the reduced price of $4 per person on the second Tuesday of each month.

“We’re very grateful for Walmart’s continued support, which ensures that more of our community can be inspired to take action for wildlife,” said Teri Dresler, interim zoo director. “This month’s Second Tuesday, Aug. 12, is also World Elephant Day, and the zoo will be providing information about the 96 Elephants campaign to combat the illegal ivory trade.”

“We’re proud to sponsor the Oregon Zoo’s Second Tuesday program, reducing the cost of admission by about 65 percent and making it possible for more families to enjoy the zoo and learn about wildlife conservation,” said Madeleine Havener, senior vice president and regional general manager for Walmart. “Together, we’re helping families save money on fun, family-friendly activities and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

Walmart representatives will be at the zoo Aug. 12, handing out free water bottles and reusable shopping bags while supplies last.

The reduced admission paired with some sunny summer weather could make this month’s Second Tuesday one of the zoo’s busiest. Over the past several years, the zoo has averaged around 14,000 visitors on its August reduced-admission day, with the parking lot usually reaching capacity well before noon.

Officials are urging visitors to take MAX or a TriMet bus to the zoo rather than driving. Those who do will receive an additional $1.50 off general admission and avoid parking fees. (MAX and bus discounts require proof of ridership.)

“July and August Second Tuesdays are typically among our busiest days of the year,” said Teri Dresler, interim zoo director. “One tip for making your visit more enjoyable is to ride MAX to the zoo. You avoid traffic, don’t have to worry about parking — and with our TriMet discount, your admission is only $2.50.”

To learn more about Walmart Oregon’s community partnership program, visit oregon.walmartcommunity.com.

The zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on Asian elephants, polar bears, orangutans and giant pandas. The zoo relies in part on donations through the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs.

The zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Call TriMet Customer Service, 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit www.trimet.org for fare and route information.

General zoo admission is $11.50 (ages 12-64), $10 for seniors (65 and up), $8.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger. Additional information is available at www.oregonzoo.org or by calling 503-226-1561.