News: animal welfare

Zoo scientists go whole hog to help wild pig population

Some consider them crop-raiding pests in their native rainforests of equatorial West Africa. But in zoos, red river hogs are welcome residents that create a fantastic opportunity for biologists to better understand their species as a whole.

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April 13, 2016

With fresh eyes: Once-blind condor is mentor again

In the Oregon Zoo's California condor breeding program, if you can't be released, you become a mentor — teaching wild-bound chicks the ropes of the condors' complex... Read More

April 6, 2016

Baby bat turns frowns upside-down

In most cases, "cute" isn't the first word that springs to mind when you think of bats. But a heartwarming new series of mother-and-pup portraits by Oregon Zoo... Read More

March 14, 2016

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... Read More

March 2, 2016

Mik's kicks: Soccer game has aging tiger acting like kitten

He might look like a playful kitten chasing around a ball of yarn, but this cat is a 310-pound Amur tiger with paws the size of dinner plates. Mikhail is one of the... Read More

February 12, 2016

Nation's oldest Sumatran orangutan turns 56

The Oregon Zoo's oldest resident, ultra-geriatric Sumatran orangutan Inji, turned 56 this month and is now the oldest of her species on the continent.

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January 29, 2016