Keepers this week tried a new cat toy out on the Oregon Zoo's aging Amur tiger Mikhail, and the result was a splashy swim on a warm summer day. On Tuesday, zookeepers tossed a 3-foot-long green plastic cylinder into the tiger pool from a rooftop overlooking Mikhail's habitat. The 400-pound tiger bounded right in after it, splashing playfully and batting the toy around.
The Oregon Zoo may soon be welcoming another litter of African lion cubs, its second in two years. Animal-care staff say Kya, one of two female lions in the zoo's Predators of the Serengeti habitat, is pregnant and expected to give birth in September.
In case you needed another reason to love firefighters: They're now helping senior-citizen primates at the Oregon Zoo kick back in style. This month, the Clackamas Fire District donated around 2,000 feet of decommissioned fire hose to the Oregon Zoo, where a pair of creative keepers is turning the hose into hammocks for 54-year-old orangutan Inji and gibbons Phyllis and Duffy.
The Oregon Zoo's Lorikeet Landing, home to several species of the exotic and brilliantly hued birds, will close for the season as usual Sept. 30, but when it reopens next spring, some different residents will inhabit the space.
Crews this week will begin laying tracks for the new Oregon Zoo railway, which is just a few months away from reopening after being offline for nearly a year. Circling a 20-foot-high elevated trestle in the forest north of Elephant Lands, the new ride will take visitors along a route optimized for spectacular views of animals as well as the annual winter ZooLights display, which opens Nov. 28.
The Walmart Foundation has renewed its presenting sponsorship of the Oregon Zoo's popular Second Tuesdays program, which offers visitors a chance to see the zoo for the reduced price of $4 per person on the second Tuesday of each month.
With forecasters calling for temperatures near 100 degrees today, one longtime local resident knew just how to beat the heat. Packy, the oldest male Asian elephant in North America, has been starting his days with a swim at the Oregon Zoo.
The Oregon Zoo's three cotton-top tamarins are doing well and have moved to a newly refurbished space in the zoo's Fragile Forests area, near the chimpanzees, where visitors might be able to see them as early as next week, officials announced.
As the zoo begins designing its next major campus improvement — a new conservation education center slated to open in spring 2017 — a survey launched today aims to better understand Pacific Northwesterners' relationship with the outdoors.