Oregon Zoo Foundation Milestones

What began as a collection of exotic animals gifted to the City of Portland in 1888 has become an internationally recognized institution through generations of incredible community support, making the Oregon Zoo part of the fabric of our region. Since 1997, the Oregon Zoo Foundation has contributed more than $60 million to the zoo in support of new exhibits, education programs and state-of-the-art veterinary care.

Learn about recent milestones in the foundation's history below, and then explore the ways you can join in this tremendous history to support the zoo's education, conservation and animal welfare efforts.


The Foundation concludes the Campaign for Elephants after raising $5.35 million to support Elephant Lands and the zoo's conservation, education and animal welfare efforts. 
With funding from the Oregon Zoo Foundation, the zoo expands its cutting-edge work in the science of endocrinology, which seeks to advance animal welfare.
Foundation support makes it possible for the zoo to join international conservation partners in efforts to protect critically endangered pygmy elephants.  
At the groundbreaking for the zoo's state-of-the-art Education Center, the foundation announces a $1.5 million campaign to support technology in the classrooms and additional space for teen programs, in addition to ongoing and expanded education programs. 


The Oregon Zoo Foundation is thrilled to report that the Education Campaign exceeded goals by raising $1.7 million to enhance the zoo's new Education Center youth programs and teen spaces. In keeping with the Foundation's commitment to Education, one of the proudest moments of 2016 was the $97K grant award for Title 1 schools. This award will help ensure that Portland area Title 1 third grade students will be able to attend field trips to particpate in Zoo School programming that would have otherwise been outof reach.

In accordance with the Foundation's dedication to conservation science, a huge accomplishment in 2016 was the creation of the $1 million Asian Elephant Endowment which will further support the zoo's long-standing commitment to elephant welfare. Another OZF elephant conservation milestone seen in 2016 was an emergency fund transfer to supply milk replacer for orphaned elephant calves in Borneo.

Animal welfare is another key component of the Oregon Zoo Foundation's mission, so when recent animal science recommended the application of rubber surfacing in the giraffe barn, the Oregon Zoo Foundation granted $40K towards re-flooring costs. In addition, the Foundation was able to provide $35K to the zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation for security improvements. Finally, the $11K given to the zoo in Advancement Grants ensures that Oregon Zoo staff have access to the equipment, conferences, and educational trips that maintain the Oregon Zoo's reputation for excellence.