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February 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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One event on November 13, 2019 at 5:30pm

One event on February 19, 2020 at 5:30pm

One event on March 25, 2020 at 5:30pm

One event on April 8, 2020 at 5:30pm



The Oregon Zoo Pub Talks series, presented by the Oregon Zoo Foundation, offers a chance to hear from conservation experts in a casual setting. Each month a conservation, animal-care or wildlife-science professional will share their knowledge and experience saving animals across the planet, from the Tanzanian savanna to the forests of Borneo to the coastal wetlands of the Pacific Northwest. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at oregonzoo.org/talks. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with seasonal food and beverages available for purchase, and themed educational entertainment taking place from 6 to 7 p.m.

The first presentation in the series features Dr. Farina Othman, presenting her research on Human-Elephant Coexistence in Sabah, Borneo, at 7 p.m. Oct. 11  in the zoo’s Cascade Crest Banquet Center. As their forest homes disappear, Asian elephants in Borneo are forced to graze in farms and palm oil plantations, sometimes with tragic results. Is there a way for humans and elephants coexist peacefully?

Pub Talks continue through the spring with the following presentations:

  • Nov. 13: Get Stuck on the Pacific Lamprey
    Pre-dating dinosaurs, the Pacific lamprey plays a vital role in Pacific Northwest ecology and culture. Christina Wang, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Jeremy FiveCrows, from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, talk about this fascinating ancient fish.
  • Feb. 19: Training Orangutans in Borneo to Improve Welfare
    Oregon Zoo keepers traveled to Borneo to help train orangutans and staff at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. The team worked with a range of ages, from non-releasable adult orangutans to younger animals who may one day be released back to the forest.
  • March 25: Up Close and Personal with Cougars and Bears
    Get to know your wildlife neighbors! Rich Beausoleil is the statewide Bear and Cougar Specialist with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.  He has worked with cougars and bears for 22 years and is still learning as he goes, but one thing’s for sure: attending this discussion will give you a whole new understanding of these fascinating animals.
  • April 8: True Tall Tales from Tanzania
    Derek Lee and Monica Bond of the Wild Nature Institute discuss their efforts to save giraffes in Tanzania. Over the past decade, Lee and Bond have been monitoring thousands of giraffes to understand how food supply, disease, natural predation, humans, social relationships, and even spot types affect these gentle giants.


February 19
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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