News: conservation and species recovery

Make way for hatchlings: Tiny turtles arrive at zoo

It's the time when baby western pond turtles in the Columbia River Gorge emerge from months of hibernation and begin swimming about — making an ideal "fun size" snack for the voracious, non-native American bullfrog.

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May 27, 2016

Rare butterfly clings to survival at NW military base

A kaleidoscope of colorful Taylor's checkerspot butterflies, raised from tiny eggs at the Oregon Zoo, took flight in Washington this month, fluttering over... Read More

May 24, 2016

Inmates join effort to recover endangered NW turtle

More than 20 western pond turtles returned to their home ponds in the Columbia River Gorge this morning — the latest release in a 25-year collaboration aimed at... Read More

May 18, 2016

Zoo invites visitors to help fight extinction May 21

Sea otters, Asian elephants and California condors are three of the most iconic species at the Oregon Zoo. They are also among the most threatened. On Saturday, May... Read More

May 18, 2016

Endangered pygmy rabbits showing signs of recovery

In 2008, the world’s last known Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit died. Her name was Bryn, and she represented the end of a lineage of kitten-sized rabbits in eastern... Read More

May 12, 2016

Zoo seeks proposals for Northwest conservation grants

The Oregon Zoo is now accepting applications for its 2016 Future for Wildlife grants in support of animal conservation and wildlife welfare programs in the Pacific... Read More

May 2, 2016