News: conservation and species recovery

5 ways to celebrate Pollinator Week in the Portland region

Hummingbirds, bumblebees and butterflies are among the most adorable of all charismatic microfauna, and they also all happen to be pollinators. If that's not sufficient cause for celebration, how about this: One out of every three bites of food that we eat comes from a plant that was pollinated by an animal. Read More
June 23, 2020

Zoo works to promote a Northwest condor comeback

It’s an exciting time of year at the zoo’s Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation, where each new California condor chick represents a step toward saving an endangered... Read More
May 21, 2020

Egg-ceptional year for condors at conservation center

With seven fuzzy chicks now squawking in their nests, it's been an egg-cellent season for California condor recovery at the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife... Read More
May 18, 2020

Keeper trip aids African painted dog conservation

After almost 20 years as a keeper, caring primarily for lions and painted dogs, this was the first time she had seen dogs in the wild. Read More
May 15, 2020

With inmates' help, rare NW butterfly is homeward bound

Last week, the butterfly technicians at Coffee Creek transferred 723 of the growing caterpillars and 399 pupae back to the Oregon Zoo's butterfly lab. From there, the... Read More
April 1, 2020

Naptime is over for endangered NW butterflies

Zoo conservationists roused 1,200 Taylor's checkerspot larvae from their winter dormancy this week, transferring the very hungry caterpillars into rearing cups at the... Read More
March 13, 2020