News: conservation and species recovery

Zoo backs Kickstarter campaign to save imperiled penguins

African penguin populations are in trouble. Over the decades, commercial interests have harvested nearly all of the guano deposits they need for nesting, and the birds are struggling to raise their young.

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May 17, 2017

New video shows transformation of rare NW butterfly

In March, Oregon Zoo conservationists helped release more than 1,200 zoo-reared caterpillars on prairies in central Washington, bolstering populations of the... Read More

May 11, 2017

Pair of wild eagles settles in above zoo

Sharp-eyed visitors to the Oregon Zoo have been noticing some impressive new animals lately. For the past week and a half, a pair of wild bald eagles has been... Read More

May 4, 2017

Zoo finds home for 5-week-old cougar orphan

A tiny, orphaned cougar cub — with a fuzzy, spotted coat, baby-blue eyes and a surprisingly big voice — has briefly taken up residence behind the scenes at the... Read More

April 28, 2017

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... Read More

April 21, 2017

How climate change is impacting Pacific NW wildlife

Here are some of the Pacific Northwest's most iconic climate-impacted species, what's being done to help them and how you can take action.

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April 20, 2017