African lion

Oregon Zoo’s Africa

Every time I enter an Africa exhibit of a zoo I hear Toto’s song “Africa” playing in my head and a tug on my heart strings for a continent I long to explore and Oregon Zoo’s Africa exhibit was no different. I arrived at the Africa exhibit with a hungry belly and decided to stop…

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Amur leopard

Oregon Zoo: From Pacific Shores to Fragile Forests

The Oregon Zoo, like many others, is sectioned into geographic regions, like their Great Northwest where you’ll find animals like black bears, cougars, and bald eagles that call the US’s Pacific Northwest home.  The Oregon Zoo is broken into five regions; Great Northwest, Pacific Shores, Asia, Fragile Forests and Africa.  In this piece I’ll introduce…

Rocky Mountain goats

Oregon Zoo: The Great Northwest

Making my way through Washington Park, along a steep winding road that seemed to go forever, I made my way to the Oregon Zoo.  Finally, like an oasis after a long journey there stood a large log cabin in the woods, but this log cabin is the entrance to the Oregon Zoo.  Welcoming me into…

Oregon Zoo

Oregon Zoo

Set in the heart of Portland’s massive Washington Park is the Oregon Zoo.  The Oregon Zoo opened in 1888 under the name Washington Park Zoo after an animal collector donated his animals to the City of Portland, but it has seen many changes since that time from changes to location within the park to various…