News: animal welfare

Zoo enlists visitors' help to protect endangered species

Of the roughly 230 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates living at the zoo, more than 50 are endangered or threatened. On Saturday, May 16, the zoo will celebrate these creatures while raising awareness about the struggles they face in observance of Endangered Species Day.

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May 11, 2015

Rescued otter pup's adoptive mother is 'Mom of the Year'

While Kya and her cubs may have drawn the lion’s share of public attention this year, the Oregon Zoo focused on another kind of mom today, naming Thelma the sea... Read More

May 8, 2015

Quantifying happiness: Animal welfare science

At a newly remodeled space inside a former Oregon Zoo animal clinic, a small group of researchers and volunteers is attempting to identify what makes life worth... Read More

March 6, 2015

Nation's oldest Sumatran orangutan turns 55

The Oregon Zoo's oldest resident, ultra-geriatric Sumatran orangutan Inji, turned 55 this month and is now the oldest of her species on the continent.

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January 27, 2015

2014's top 10 stories of conservation, cuteness

From grouchy lions to tiny bear cubs, 2014 was a big year for conservation, animal welfare and general adorableness at the Oregon Zoo. Here's a look back at this... Read More

December 22, 2014

Zoo names new veterinary hospital manager

The Oregon Zoo has a new veterinary hospital manager. Kristin Spring, formerly the head surgery technician at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, was named to the... Read More

November 6, 2014