Our vision for elephants

When you look at elephants at the Oregon Zoo, you're seeing mothers and daughters, brothers and sisters, aunts and grandparents. You can feel the bonds between them. It's hard not to be moved by these families. And it's hard to imagine a world without them.

Elephants are in trouble in the wild. That's why inspiring people to take action for their survival is more important than ever. To realize this vision, the Oregon Zoo is working with zoos across the country to maintain a healthy, diverse North American population of Asian elephants. We're also supporting on-the-ground efforts to protect elephants in their native countries from Kenya to Malaysia.

A place for families

Find out why every aspect of elephant life at the Oregon Zoo is guided and inspired by the natural structure of matrilineal elephant society.

Research and creative care

Explore some highlights of the Oregon Zoo's groundbreaking research and pioneering care that have improved our understanding of these endangered animals over the last fifty years.