Explore the Habitat

A world-class home for elephants

Elephants are a lot like us: emotional, intelligent and highly social. To design a habitat that honors the needs of this amazing animal, the Oregon Zoo drew on more than 50 years of elephant research and science-based care.

Elephant Lands brings to life the zoo's philosophy that all animals' lives should be filled with choice. Throughout the habitat, feeding stations, mud wallows and water features including a 160,000-gallon pool encourage elephants to be active 14-16 hours a day, just as they would in their natural environment. Deep sand ground cover blankets the entire habitat.

Indoor areas featuring natural flooring and state-of-the-art heating and ventilation systems allow the herd to move inside and out as they please. Together, the Elephant Building and Forest Hall form one of the world's largest indoor elephant facilities.

Learn how your support for the Campaign for Elephants will let Elephant Lands reach its highest potential.