News: conservation and species recovery

Kelp and sea otters: A Q&A with Dick Vanderschaaf

Oregon’s last population of sea otters disappeared more than a century ago, wiped out by the fur trade. Today, questions remain about how their loss has affected our coastal kelp forests, which support a diversity of marine life and a commercial fishing industry. Read More
April 13, 2021

Zoo Foundation awards $40,000 for Oregon conservation

Sea otters, beavers and western pond turtles got some much-needed help this week as the Oregon Zoo Foundation funded $40,000 to support Oregon Zoo conservation efforts... Read More
April 8, 2021

First condor chick of season arrives with a surprise bonus

The first California condor chick of 2021 arrived in spectacular and surprising fashion this week at the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation, kicking... Read More
March 17, 2021

Zoo hosts talk on saving imperiled monarch butterflies

As pollinator scientists and advocates fight to save the western monarch butterfly from extinction, the Oregon Zoo is hosting a live Q&A session this week, featuring... Read More
March 17, 2021

New polar bear sculpture puts focus on climate change

"Melting Ice Bear," a 9-foot-tall cast aluminum sculpture by Veronica and Edwin Dam de Nogales, was lifted into place outside the habitat's Arctic Science Center in late... Read More
March 8, 2021

Wildlife and wildfire: A Q&A with Katie Sauerbrey

Fire is a natural process in Oregon's forests, where thousands of species depend on periodic burning to provide food and habitat. But a century of tampering with natural... Read More
March 4, 2021