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Zoo after 2 offers special savings

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From Aug. 5 through Sept. 30, the zoo is offering buy-one-get-one admissions on weekdays after 2 p.m. To obtain the discount, visitors just need to ask for the deal at the ticket booth after 2 p.m. The “Zoo After 2” discount is not valid on weekends, holidays or Second Tuesdays and cannot be combined with any other offers, such as TriMet transit discount.

The “Zoo After 2” discount should also be a great way for people to enjoy the summer’s final two Sunset at the Zoo events, which take place Aug. 6 and Aug. 20

Sunset at the Zoo, presented by Banfield Pet Hospital, is free with zoo admission and features live music and family activities all around the zoo’s shady 64 acres. Visitors can enjoy the zoo after hours, meet animals from the zoo’s popular Wildlife Live program presented by Portland General Electric, and visit the Family Farm for hands-on experiences with pygora goats and a variety of small animals.

The zoo’s food outlets will be staying open late as well, and offering a selection of local beer and wines for the adults.

“As a mom, I seek out opportunities for dining al fresco on these perfect Portland summer evenings,” said Krista Swan, event organizer. “Sunset at the Zoo offers families a chance to not only enjoy a meal together outside, but in a place where the kids can visit the animals and run around to expend some energy.”

Banfield will also be bringing back its rousing “Howl and Meow” contest, where kids are invited to show off their best dog and cat impressions. Local Banfield veterinarians will judge the contest and hand out prizes to the winners.

Sunset at the Zoo takes place Aug. 6 and 20. Gates stay open until 8 p.m., and visitors may remain on zoo grounds until 8:30. Admission is free for zoo members.

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.

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