News: conservation and species recovery

Zoo urges passage of wildlife conservation bill

The future of Oregon’s most iconic species may soon be brighter as the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act makes its way through Congress. Read More
July 15, 2022

The 'cuteness' returns: Zoo welcomes back Pacific lamprey

Pacific lamprey returned to the zoo this month, offering guests another chance to see one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest species. Read More
June 28, 2022

Zoo Welcomes Ten Tiny Pond Turtle Hatchlings

The zoo is “head-starting” the endangered turtles, caring for them until next spring when they will be large enough to have a fighting chance in the wild. Read More
June 10, 2022
Polar bears Nora and Amelia Gray play at the Oregon Zoo.

Scientists test bear laser at zoo's Polar Passage

Biologists working with the Oregon Zoo last month had the chance to see polar bears Nora and Amelia Gray in a new light: a laser beam. Read More
June 2, 2022
A white hand holds a small turtle outside

Zoo, partners return endangered turtles to wild

With the help of volunteers, wildlife officials and a local Girl Scout troop, the zoo returned 23 endangered turtles to the Columbia River Gorge. Read More
May 31, 2022
a white hand lays a caterpillar on a leaf

Zoo releases hundreds of rare butterflies into wild

Conservationists transport Oregon silverspot caterpillars to coast range Read More
May 26, 2022