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Guests stroll through ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo.

Bright lights, big savings: Discounted ZooLights Jan 6-8

Holiday-light lovers have a few extra evenings to brighten their winter season — and enjoy some big savings — at the Oregon Zoo this weekend. ZooLights, presented by U.S. Bank, will extend its run by three days, with discounted admission to the winter wonderland from Friday, Jan. 6, through Sunday, Jan. 8. Read More
January 3, 2023
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

Stumptown Fil calls for an early spring

Filbert the beaver — aka Stumptown Fil — has made his prediction at the Oregon Zoo: early spring. Read More
February 2, 2022
Two elephants stepping on a large orange pumpkin

Pachyderms pulverize pumpkins in prelude to 'Howloween'

Some of the world’s largest land animals demolished some of the area’s largest pumpkins during the Oregon Zoo’s 23rd annual Squishing of the Squash. Read More
October 14, 2021
A red panda climbs a tree.

What kept us going: A year of conservation, care and cuteness

From free-flying California condors to blissed-out black bears to pouncy red pandas, 2020 was a big year for conservation, animal welfare and general adorableness at the... Read More
December 30, 2020

Zoo hosts talk on Arctic drilling, polar bears and climate

Following the White House announcement of the first-ever oil and gas lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Oregon Zoo is hosting a live Q&A session... Read More
December 7, 2020