News: animal welfare

Flock this way: Baby flamingo chicks learn to walk

The Oregon Zoo's bird family was tickled pink this week as five fluffy baby flamingos learned to walk. Read More
July 19, 2019

Elderly seal 'Sterling' gets some senior swim therapy

The oldest seal in the Oregon Zoo family at 32, Sterling's care team goes to great lengths — and depths — to keep her feeling healthy and fit. Read More
May 17, 2019

She's got game: Sea otter Juno keeps fit by shooting hoops

Trail Blazers' guard Damian Lillard isn't the only local hoops star to make a big splash this season. Oregon Zoo keepers say Juno the sea otter can dunk with the best of... Read More
May 8, 2019

Elephant Samson has fun in the sun with a pool party

Samson, the 20-year-old male of the Asian elephant family, made a splash this week in the pool at Elephant Lands. Read More
May 2, 2019

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