News: conservation and species recovery

Zoo conservationists bury time capsule of dreams for 2066

At the Oregon Zoo last week, conservationists slid a cache of hand-scrawled letters, artwork and records of local species recovery work into a 20-by-17-inch box bound for the ground. The time capsule, intended to be unsealed in half a century, will be part of the zoo's new education center opening next spring.

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September 26, 2016

Oregon Zoo earns national conservation award for turtle program

The Oregon Zoo drew praise from colleagues at zoos and aquariums across the continent this week, earning another prestigious award from the Association of Zoos and... Read More

September 16, 2016

Keep calm and carrion: Zoo marks Vulture Day

The Oregon Zoo will celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day on Saturday, Sept. 3, showcasing California condors, turkey vultures and other "master recyclers,"... Read More

September 2, 2016

Four ways to help elephants on World Elephant Day

Around the world, elephants are facing serious trouble. Here are four ways to make a difference.

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August 11, 2016

Zoo releases hundreds of rare butterflies at Oregon coast

On a sunny, windswept meadow atop Mount Hebo last week, Oregon Zoo conservationists released the last of the summer's zoo-reared Oregon silverspot butterflies in an... Read More

August 8, 2016

4 ways to celebrate and take action on Global Tiger Day

An estimated 70 percent of tigers now live in only 0.5 percent of their historic range. The illegal wildlife trade and the destruction of their forest habitat... Read More

July 28, 2016