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Zoo's Elephant Lands is named project of the year

Elephant Lands, a visionary home for Portland's beloved Asian elephant family, garnered three major honors last night — including Project of the Year — at the Daily Journal of Commerce's annual TopProjects ceremony, held at the Oregon Convention Center.

Leaping lions! Zoo's mega cat toy has whole pride pouncing

Watching a cat get airborne is always exhilarating, but even more so when it weighs 350 pounds. At the Oregon Zoo, a new enrichment game is helping to keep the African lions fit while bringing out their explosive predatory instincts.

Zoo welcomes summer with bear awareness activities

With black bears stirring after their long winter naps, and summer camping season just around the corner, the Oregon Zoo is hosting a special Bear Awareness Day May 14, featuring informative keeper talks, educational displays and animal-enrichment activities.

Zoo's black bears are blinking out of winter torpor

Across North America, from Canada to the northern half of Mexico and in at least 40 U.S. states, lethargic black bears are shaking off the sleep to sniff out the goods of spring. The Oregon Zoo's four resident black bears — Takoda, Cubby, Tuff and Dale — have been stirring as well.

Oregon Zoo condor chick is making it big in California

Since joining the nationwide effort to save California condors in 2003, the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation has raised and prepped for release more than 40 wild-bound condors. The center's first chick — hatched in 2004 and dubbed Kun-Wak-Shun, or "Thunder and Lightning" — is also the host of the first condor nest spotted in Central California this spring.

How climate change might affect polar bears' bodies

You really are what you eat. That's the taking-off point for a new polar bear study, conducted by U.S. Geological Survey researchers with an assist from the Oregon Zoo — and published this week in the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.

Nation's oldest male Asian elephant Packy turns 54

By almost any measure, Packy is majestic. Standing 10 and a half feet at the shoulder, he is thought to be the tallest Asian elephant in North America. Keepers liken his lean, rangy build to that of a pro basketball player.

Zoo scientists go whole hog to help wild pig population

Some consider them crop-raiding pests in their native rainforests of equatorial West Africa. But in zoos, red river hogs are welcome residents that create a fantastic opportunity for biologists to better understand their species as a whole.

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