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'UNO' celebrates 15 years of bringing kids to nature

Since launching in 2000, UNO has provided camping trips for 4,561 urban youths, and school-year programming for 1,054 urban youths. The program, designed to actively engage historically under-represented Portland area youth in outdoor recreation and conservation, is a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and other community partners.

'Endless summer' is over for 19 endangered turtles

Since last September, the turtles basked in the warmth and light of a simulated summer in the zoo's conservation lab, growing large enough to have a fighting chance in the wild. Today, with the help of its conservation partners and local wildlife agencies, the zoo returned these endangered reptiles to the wild in the Columbia River Gorge

Zoo enlists visitors' help to protect endangered species

Of the roughly 230 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates living at the zoo, more than 50 are endangered or threatened. On Saturday, May 16, the zoo will celebrate these creatures while raising awareness about the struggles they face in observance of Endangered Species Day.

Someone left a cake out in the rain, and Packy destroyed it

Famed Asian elephant Packy — the oldest male of his species on the continent — turned 53 today, and keepers presented the six-ton senior citizen with a cake to match the occasion: a 50-pound whole-wheat confection, frosted with buttercream and topped with carrots, celery, bananas, apples, pears and sweet potatoes.

'Elephantastic' event offers sneak peek at new zoo

Elephantastic, the Oregon Zoo's annual celebration of pachyderms, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25 — and this year's event offers visitors a rare elephant's-eye look at history in the making.

Zoo says goodbye to beloved Asian elephant Rama

Rama, a 31-year-old Asian elephant known for his sweet disposition and Jackson Pollock-like painting technique, was humanely euthanized at the Oregon Zoo today after animal-care staff determined they could no longer help pain and mobility issues resulting from a 25-year-old leg injury.

Be it ever so Humboldt: 3 chicks join Penguinarium

Three new chicks have joined the Oregon Zoo's Humboldt penguin colony this month. Visitors can look for the young penguins this summer, once the chicks fledge and begin to explore the rugged terrain of the zoo's penguinarium, which simulates the endangered birds' native habitat along the rocky coast of Chile and Peru.

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