Heart of the Oregon Zoo Campaign

Polar bear Nora shakes off the water while swimming in the Oregon Zoo's Polar Passage habitat.

Together, we are building a new zoo for you and for future generations – a place where friends and family gather to learn about the natural world and create lifelong memories. To learn more, email foundation@oregonzoo.org or call 503-505-5494. If you would like to make a gift to support animal care in these new habitats, please click here.

The Oregon Zoo Foundation Heart of the Oregon Zoo campaign closed on June 30, 2021. We're still tallying the results, but we are excited to share that we exceeded our $8.5 million goal! Gifts to the campaign support habitat renovations and boost the zoo's efforts in animal welfare, education and conservation. Zoo supporters like you are making it possible to create wild and engaging homes not only for chimps but for polar bears and black rhinos.

Heart of the Oregon Zoo campaign

Polar Passage

Decades of pioneering conservation science and expert daily care culminated in the design of Polar Passage, a world-class home for polar bears. Through the zoo’s conservation and field biology partnerships, our polar bear care team has learned a great deal about what these animals need to thrive. We can’t wait to see bears rolling in mounds of ice and diving into saltwater pools, which will exercise their muscles and nourish their fur and skin. Hilltops help recreate the vistas sought out by wild polar bears, and an air-conditioned cave offers a place to cool off when needed. Thanks to the zoo’s team and the generosity of donors, the future of polar bear care is coming to life at the Oregon Zoo!

Rhino Ridge

When black rhinos return to their expanded home, it will include timed feeders, a mud wallow and new viewing spaces for unique encounters with this critically endangered species. In a space more than twice as big as before, with more room to roam and mud wallows to help them keep cool and protect their skin from sun and insects, Rhino Ridge will let rhinos be rhinos.

Primate Forest

Climbing structures, water features and termite mounds — all funded by donors — offer the chimpanzees choice about where to be and what to do each day. Visitors can observe from several vantage points, creating myriad opportunities to connect with these remarkable and intelligent animals.