The Oregon Zoo drew praise from colleagues at zoos and aquariums across the continent this week, earning two prestigious awards from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums — one for conservation work on behalf of imperiled California condors and another recognizing excellence in exhibit design for Elephant Lands.
The Oregon Zoo will celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day on Saturday, Sept. 2, showcasing California condors, turkey vultures and other "master recyclers," and highlighting the critical role vultures play in ecosystems around the world.
Mary Jane and Darlene, a pair of young female cheetahs from San Diego Zoo Safari Park, have moved in — while Ranger and Strike, the 7-year-old male cheetahs who formerly lived here, made the return trip to San Diego.
It's all over but the squawking. Hatching season is finally complete at the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation, where seven new California condor chicks are growing fast — a significant step forward in the recovery of this critically endangered species.
Nora the polar bear will be getting a new home and a new companion soon. The playful youngster will relocate to Utah's Hogle Zoo this fall, where caregivers plan to introduce her to another bear, Hope, who is about the same age.
African penguin populations are in trouble. Over the decades, commercial interests have harvested nearly all of the guano deposits they need for nesting, and the birds are struggling to raise their young.
In March, Oregon Zoo conservationists helped release more than 1,200 zoo-reared caterpillars on prairies in central Washington, bolstering populations of the imperiled Taylor's checkerspot butterfly where some of the region's best habitat remains.