Media Resources

Runners hit the road to help orangutans

To help save this endangered species, which shares nearly 98 percent of its DNA with humans, the Portland chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers has joined forces with the Oregon Road Runners Club to present Race for the Redheads.

Zoo releases 'predator-proof' strain of pond turtles

An imperiled Pacific Northwest native turtle may have a new lease on life thanks to an innovative conservation program at the Oregon Zoo. Using an advanced "booster cocktail," Oregon Zoo conservation staff have successfully raised several pond turtles large enough to evade any predator.

Spring, summer camps help connect kids with nature

With spring just around the corner, Northwest campers should be prepared for encounters with bears, cougars and bobcats — not to mention elephants, lions and orangutans. The Oregon Zoo's spring break day camps return March 21-25, and its summer camps, presented by Banfield Pet Hospital, start June 13.

Making way for turtles in an off-leash dog park

In the Sandy River Delta Park, just 15 miles out of town, the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council has been busy yanking out non-native, invasive plants and erecting temporary fences — creating safe nesting spots for the yellow-striped reptiles that have lived here for millennia.

Chimp turns videographer with zoo's GoPro enrichment

A chimpanzee at the Oregon Zoo has turned filmmaker, giving animal-care staff and YouTube fans an insider's look the zoo and its renowned enrichment program ... not to mention an insider's look at her mouth.

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