Learn about wildlife field conservation over dinner and drinks at the zoo!
Get to know your wildlife neighbors! At this Pub Talk, you'll learn little-known facts about how bears and cougars live, experience their surroundings and interact with each other—as well as humans.
Rich Beausoleil is the statewide Bear and Cougar Specialist with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and he has worked with cougars and bears for 22 years. He believes there's always more to learn, but one thing's for sure: attending this discussion will give you a whole new understanding of these fascinating animals.
Oregon Zoo Pub Talks are fun, educational events that help support the zoo’s mission of creating a better future for wildlife through animal welfare, education and conservation programs. Pub Talks connect you with experts who are actively working on species recovery efforts. Each month, these conservation, animal care or wildlife science professionals share their knowledge and experience saving animals across the planet, from the forests of Borneo to the skies and seas of the Pacific Northwest.
Pub Talks are held in the Cascade Crest building, with food and beverages available for purchase at the Cascade Grill. We encourage you to take public transport to the zoo, which is located five minutes from downtown Portland, and is accessible by MAX Light Rail line. Visit Explore Washington Park for transportation and parking information.
Join us for a drink and a behind the scenes look at the Oregon Zoo’s conservation efforts!
When to arrive:
Pub Talks begin at 7 p.m., but we advise arriving early—settle in, get a drink and something to eat, and enjoy the evening!
- 5:30 p.m.: Doors open
- 5:30 to 7:30 pm.: The Cascade Grill is open
- 6 to 7 p.m.: Edutainment and trivia
- 7 to 8 pm.: Pub Talk presentation
Thanks to the generosity of Oregon Zoo members and donors, Pub Talks are sponsored by the Oregon Zoo Foundation.