The 64-acre Oregon Zoo is located in Portland, a city and surrounding metropolitan area of more than 1.5 million people. Attendance in 2013 was more than 1.6 million.
The zoo's annual operating budget is derived from a tax base through Metro, the Portland-area regional government that is the zoo's governing body, plus zoo admissions, concessions, contributions, special promotions, the Oregon Zoo Foundation and grants.
The zoo has five major exhibit areas: Great Northwest, Fragile Forests, Asia, Pacific Shores and Africa. Within these large areas are 23 specialized exhibits.
Animals of the Oregon Zoo
Plants of the Oregon Zoo
In 2008, voters approved a $125 million bond measure to fund zoo improvements to facilities, some of which dated to the 1950s and 1960s. In 2011, the Metro council approved a 20-year master plan to guide these improvements to guest and animal spaces. The plan initially focuses on replacing and upgrading the oldest areas of the zoo campus and building a new Veterinary Medical Center, which opened in 2012.
*Zoo animal data as of December 31, 2012
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