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Zoo marks b-day of oldest male polar bear and his twin sis

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the popular brother-and-sister pair turn 31 — quite old for polar bears — and keepers will throw a birthday party at 10 a.m. that day with treats and enrichment items that encourage the bears to exercise and think critically.

Zoo set to illuminate holidays at annual ZooLights

A holiday tradition is back. Beginning Friday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m., more than 1.5 million brightly colored lights will illuminate the Oregon Zoo during its 27th annual ZooLights, presented by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and the Oregon College Savings Plan. This year's display, which runs through Jan. 4, features the much-anticipated return of the ZooLights train ride on an all-new route through the zoo.

Lace up Thanksgiving morning for zoo's annual Turkey Trot

The Oregon Zoo invites runners and walkers of all ages to its annual Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 26. The Thanksgiving Day tradition, organized by the Oregon Road Runners Club, raises around $25,000 each year to fund animal care and programs at the zoo.

On Veterans Day, zoo offers free admission for military

The Oregon Zoo will mark Veterans Day by offering free admission for military veterans and active military personnel, as well as family members who accompany them to the zoo on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Families of deployed military personnel also will be given free admission.

6-week-old caracal kittens venture outside

The Oregon Zoo's two new caracal kittens are 6 weeks old now, and they have just begun to explore their outdoor habitat in the zoo's Predators of the Serengeti area. Peggy and her kittens will have outdoor access from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the next several days — weather permitting — but keepers say they will be easy to miss.

ZooTeens inspire schoolkids, meet Jane Goodall

A team of 11 ZooTeens — the Oregon Zoo's corps of high school volunteers — earned an audience with world-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall yesterday at the Oregon Youth Summit, a meeting honoring environmental service by young people throughout the state.