News: conservation and species recovery

Zoo-aided study sheds new light on polar bears in Arctic

A new study on polar bear metabolism, published Feb. 1 in the journal Science, sheds light on the energy demands of this iconic Arctic predator. The important takeaway? For some populations of polar bears, it's worse than we thought.

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February 5, 2018

Protect Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

The Department of the Interior has recommended that the President reduce the size of Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and three other monuments. This move... Read More

December 7, 2017

Director's statement on the recent elephant trophy ban reversal

We learned yesterday that the Interior Department plans to reverse a ban on importing elephant trophies into the U.S.

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November 17, 2017

5 ways to help protect bats in the Pacific Northwest

We're fortunate to live in a very batty part of the country. At least 15 species of bats call Oregon and Washington home, and thankfully for us, they all eat insects... Read More

October 12, 2017

Zoo awards $25K in grants for Northwest conservation

California condors, western pond turtles, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits and other species native to the Pacific Northwest got some much-needed help this week as the... Read More

September 29, 2017

Oregon Zoo wins national awards for excellence ... again

The Oregon Zoo drew praise from colleagues at zoos and aquariums across the continent this week, earning two prestigious awards from the Association of Zoos and... Read More

September 12, 2017