Oregon Zoo Foundation

The mission of the Oregon Zoo Foundation is to foster community pride and involvement in the Oregon Zoo and to secure financial support for zoo conservation, education and animal welfare programs. These programs advance the zoo's mission to inspire the community to respect animals and to take action on behalf of the natural world by creating engaging experiences and advancing the highest level of animal welfare, environmental literacy and conservation science.

Tagging Turtles

Tagging Turtles
Zoo keeper Michelle Schireman tags a turtle in preparation for its release. Scientists track the turtles after they've been returned to the wild, and marks like this help the scientists trace individual turtles' progress. (view small | med | large | orig)

Weighing Turtles

Weighing Turtles
Oregon Zoo keepers monitor the turtles' weight to determine when they can safely be released in the wild. (view small | med | large | orig)

Turtle Growth: Before and After

Turtle Growth: Before and After
Thanks to lots of food, warmth and light, baby turtles grow quickly during their 10 months at the Oregon Zoo. The turtle on the left has just arrived at the Zoo, while the adolescent turtle on the right is ready to be released in the wild. (view small | med | large | orig)

Newly-hatched Western Pond Turtle

Newly-hatched Western Pond Turtle
In the wild, this fragile baby turtle would be very vulnerable to predators like bullfrogs. (view small | med | large | orig)

Saving Endangered Turtles in the Pacific Northwest

Saving Endangered Turtles in the Pacific Northwest
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