Oregon Zoo time capsule: ‘Dear human of the future…’

Kate Giraud and Brent Shelby bury a time capsual during construction of the Education Center at the Oregon Zoo. The capsule is to be opened in 50 years: 2066. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Sara Hottman

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Will there by California condors flying in the skies of the Pacific Northwest in 50 years? Even if they’re not, we’ll find a note about them inside a time capsule buried at the Oregon Zoo.

A box full of hand-written letters, artwork and records of recovery work for certain species were placed inside a box scheduled to be opened in 2066.

One note written by “Ellen, age 18” said in part:

Dear human of the future,

Hopefully the future of wildlife is looking even brighter for you than it is now, and that being sustainable is very hip and everyone thinks about the impact of their actions. … Also I hope you love the Beatles, which is unrelated to the environment, but important. …”

Among the items placed in the time capsule are records about efforts to save thewestern pond turtle and the Oregon silverspot butterfly are included, a children’s book written by Zoo director Dr. Don Moore and index cards with messages from youths involved in zoo programs.

The time capsule is in the Wildlife Garden area and a bronze plaque will be installed next spring.

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