News: animal welfare

Using natural behaviors to improve animal welfare: A Q&A with Barbara Heidenreich

Barbara Heidenreich, a world-renowned animal-behavior specialist, recently sat down with the zoo to discuss the important role training plays in animal well-being. Read More
April 8, 2019

Caring for elephants in cold weather

Like all mammals, Asian elephants heat and cool their bodies through an internal process called thermoregulation. Read More
March 7, 2019

Snow days bring the animals a new world to explore

Some species are winter specialists, others are just curious, and choose come out to explore. Read More
February 8, 2019

The story of Borneo elephant Chendra

Chendra was separated from her herd and nearly lost her life at a young age. She found a new family 8,000 miles away. Read More
October 20, 2018

Routine zoo checkups yield spectacularly spooky x-rays

Every animal at the Oregon Zoo receives routine health exams, and often these checkups include X-rays. Digital radiology has proved a useful diagnostic tool and helped... Read More
October 19, 2018

Rescued sea otter Lincoln celebrates first birthday

Happy squeaks could be heard throughout Steller Cove this week as rescued sea otter Lincoln celebrated his first birthday in style — with a special frozen shrimp cake... Read More
October 17, 2018