News: animal welfare

Zoo river otters get swim lessons from mom

Learning to swim isn’t easy, even for river otters. Nellie and Tucker, a pair of North American river otters born at the Oregon Zoo in late February, have begun taking their first dips, but not without a lot of help from their mom, Tilly.

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April 21, 2017

Asian elephant Sung-Surin to be treated for tuberculosis

Preliminary test results suggest Sung-Surin, a 34-year-old Asian elephant at the Oregon Zoo, is positive for tuberculosis, animal-care staff learned yesterday, and... Read More

April 20, 2017

Facts about Borneo elephant Chendra

Following the euthanasia of 54-year-old Asian elephant Packy, several groups have published misleading information online about another member of the Oregon Zoo herd... Read More

February 22, 2017

Nation's oldest Sumatran orangutan turns 57

The Oregon Zoo's oldest resident, ultra-geriatric Sumatran orangutan Inji, turned 57 this month and is the oldest of her species on the continent.

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January 30, 2017

2016's top stories of conservation, cuteness and care

From a tough-as-nails California condor to a playful young polar bear, 2016 was a big year for conservation, animal welfare and general adorableness at the Oregon... Read More

December 12, 2016

Packy's TB treatment suspended; Zoo weighs next steps

Oregon Zoo animal-care staff have suspended tuberculosis treatment and are consulting outside experts as they consider next steps in caring for the elderly Asian... Read More

December 2, 2016