News: new zoo

Testing the waters at Oregon Zoo's Elephant Lands

Things are going swimmingly at the Oregon Zoo's expansive new Elephant Lands habitat. On Saturday, a new 160,000-gallon pool for pachyderms passed its most important test — the Lily Test — as the exuberant 3-year-old and her mom, Rose-Tu, enjoyed their first splash in this state-of-the-art swimming hole.

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December 14, 2015

$280K in grants to boost vision for zoo's new ed center

Two significant grants awarded recently will support the Oregon Zoo's new conservation education center, set to open in 2017.

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October 23, 2015

Oregon Zoo breaks ground on new education center

A crowd of shovel-wielding schoolchildren joined forces with a 30-ton excavator today, as the Oregon Zoo broke ground on its next major campus improvement: a new... Read More

September 1, 2015

Artist brings color-shifting sculptures to zoo's Elephant Lands

The Oregon Zoo's Elephant Lands, now in its final stages of construction, is raising the bar for elephant care across the country — but not everything noteworthy... Read More

August 5, 2015

Swallows move into construction zone, zoo has to wing it

Crews working to complete the Oregon Zoo's new Elephant Lands took an abrupt detour this month after staff discovered a pair of barn swallows raising chicks in an... Read More

June 18, 2015

Construction crews begin demo of zoo's old elephant barn

With the Oregon Zoo elephant family comfortably settled into the newly completed Forest Hall and North Meadow portions of Elephant Lands, construction crews this... Read More

June 9, 2015