A new zoo

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Everything in color represents the new Oregon Zoo, and the transformation is already under way. Thanks to your support, the zoo's vision for a better future for wildlife is taking shape, with nearly half the zoo grounds getting an upgrade. Scroll down to explore visionary new habitats like Elephant Lands and Condors of the Columbia. Discover how these changes will advance the zoo's world leadership in animal welfare and sustainability. And follow our New Zoo blog for information on what's happening and how to get involved.

Elephant Lands

Opens 2015

This world-class habitat will provide the entire herd great health and welfare, along with opportunities to make their own choices. Visitors will discover these graceful giants moving through meadows, hills, mud wallows and pools. Join us in creating one of the most inspiring elephant experiences in the world.


Condors of the Columbia

Opens spring 2014

The three-story Condors of the Columbia aviary will include an elevated viewing area offering visitors a rare up-close look at these massive birds – the largest in North America. Interactive displays will guide visitors through the Oregon Zoo's decade-long effort with partners to recover these critically endangered birds.


Zoo Education Center

Coming in 2017

The Zoo Education Center will be the central hub for conservation education programming and activities at the zoo. At around 30,000 square feet — with classrooms, public spaces and a Nature Exploration Station — the center is aimed to inspire visitors to take action on behalf of the natural world.


Polar bear habitat

Coming in 2018

This expansive, two-tiered habitat will include natural ground materials, shallow and deep pools and extraordinary viewing opportunities for visitors. Elevated areas will create long views for the bears, which will be able to patrol their habitat as they do in the wild.

 


Primate habitat

Coming in 2020

Design concepts for the new primate habitat include complex and stimulating outdoor areas and "treeway" thoroughfares – pathways that link one habitat within the exhibit to another, allowing primates freedom of movement overhead while providing guests with exciting views and observations.


Rhino habitat

Coming in 2020

The zoo's master plan calls for construction of an African savanna habitat shared by a number of large grassland species. Rhinos can share habitat with gazelles and giraffes, and visitors will be able to explore an expanded rhino habitat from multiple angles.