News: animal welfare

Two elephants step on two big pumpkins

Squishin' accomplished! Elephants smash giant pumpkins

Some of the world’s largest land animals demolished some of the area’s largest pumpkins this morning during the Oregon Zoo’s 24th annual Squishing of the Squash. Read More
October 13, 2022

Zoo takes steps to protect birds from avian flu

To date, no cases have been detected at the zoo. Read More
August 4, 2022
Lions snuggle in fresh bedding in their habitat

Talking scents: New lion enrichment is on the nose

To engage the big cats, caregivers have been taking straw bedding from the zoo’s mountain goat area and placing it in the lion habitat. Read More
June 23, 2022
Porcupine Nolina visits the harbor seal habitat

Morning workouts keep elderly porcupine looking sharp

Porcupine Nolina, who turns 18 next week, is known for her morning power walks. Read More
June 15, 2022
Chimpanzee Leah gazes into the distance

Zoo says goodbye to elderly chimp Leah

At 47, Leah was one of the oldest and most beloved residents of the Oregon Zoo. Read More
April 4, 2022
Polar bears Nora and Amelia Gray play at the Oregon Zoo.

Polar pals: Nora and Amelia Gray meet for first time

Amelia Gray, the 5-year-old polar bear and newest Oregon Zoo resident, met her half-sister Nora for the first time this week. The two furry friends romped around Polar... Read More
November 12, 2021