It has been a hallmark of the Oregon Zoo experience for a very long time; however, for a limited time only, attendees can sign up for Wild Connections at the zoo knowing that 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund.
“Though media coverage of the bushfires has lessened somewhat, the need for habitat restoration and emergency animal aid has not,” reads the blog post on the Oregon Zoo website.
After months of fires and drought throughout the Australian provinces, it is reported that millions of animals have perished, and more than a hundred species are at great risk of low numbers or extinction.
One of the most unique up close and personal endeavors available at any zoo, the Wild Connection events allow guests to spend time with a variety of animals first-hand.
The charity event runs from February 17 through February 23 and includes all of their regularly scheduled Wild Connection bookings.
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While only some Wild Connection experiences include opportunities to feed animals, most offer a chance to hang out within arm’s reach. Guests will have the time to learn about specific friends, take photographs, and get a glimpse inside the zoo’s care routines and rehabilitation efforts.
Animals you can interact with include your usual barnyard suspects, otters, elephants, sloths, and many more!
When: February 17 to February 23
Time: Appointments vary. 9 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Oregon Zoo — 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland
Admission: $10-$150. Buy tickets here