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The Oregon Zoo's mission is "inspiring our community to create a better future for wildlife". The Urban Nature Overnights (UNO) program strives to inspire respect and understanding for urban and wild ecosystems in inner city youth. Our three main goals are to provide safe hands-on experience with the natural world, to foster an appreciation of public lands, and build awareness of wildlife conservation and stewardship issues.
The Oregon Zoo serves the community in several ways: 1. provide our community with the opportunity to view a variety of live animals in an environment that enables them to display their natural behaviors. 2. impart accurate information about animals and their habitats to our visitors so that people may come to a true understanding of the complex relationships animals have with their environments, with each other, and with humans. 3. contribute to the conservation, protection, and propagation of rare and endangered animal species in an increasingly industrial and urban world. 4. engage in a limited amount of humane research when the primary purpose is of benefit to animals, especially those in our care. 5. serve as an attraction for tourists and visitors and provide economic benefit to the region.
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