News: conservation and species recovery

Zoo sends ivory pieces to New York for crush

Under the supervision of Oregon Zoo security, zoo staff packed 250 pounds of elephant ivory into a crate last week and shipped it via "Custom Critical" FedEx to Manhattan. Now held by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, the pieces will be mixed in with another ton of confiscated ivory this morning and pulverized into unsalvageable, sand-sized particles.

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June 19, 2015

5 ways to celebrate Pollinator Week in the Portland region

Hummingbirds, bumblebees and butterflies are among the most adorable of all charismatic microfauna, and they also all happen to be pollinators.
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June 12, 2015

Game helps kids be wildlife-friendly tech consumers

Cell phones, laptops and other such devices are a way of life in our modern world — chances are you're reading this on one now. But there's a hidden cost to all this... Read More

June 2, 2015

Zoo conservationists to go Bowling for Rhinos June 13

It's a critical time for rhinos worldwide. More than 1,000 rhinos were killed last year in South Africa alone. And with two of the five rhino species perilously... Read More

May 26, 2015

'Endless summer' is over for 19 endangered turtles

Since last September, the turtles basked in the warmth and light of a simulated summer in the zoo's conservation lab, growing large enough to have a fighting chance... Read More

May 13, 2015

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... Read More

May 11, 2015