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At 52, 'elder statesman' Packy has his cake, eats it too

Packy, the oldest male Asian elephant in North America turned 52 today, and keepers presented the six-ton senior citizen with a cake to match the occasion: a 40-pound whole-wheat confection, frosted with buttercream and topped with carrots, bananas, apples and sweet potatoes.

California condors land in Portland

On Wednesday morning, two hydraulic doors opened inside the Oregon Zoo's new Condors of the Columbia habitat following a cue from a keeper radio call: "Release the krakens."

Crews unearth zoo history during 'Forest Hall' excavation

Construction workers at the Oregon Zoo unearthed an enormous chunk of history last week, excavating and removing the Eisenhower-era concrete moat that had encircled the zoo's elephant habitat from its 1959 opening until just around 20 years ago.

'Frogzilla' photobombs zoo conservation crew

Oregon Zoo conservationists working in Washington's Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge may have unintentionally documented a record-breaking bullfrog, which experts believe could weigh upward of 50 pounds.

Zoo mourns loss of Amur tiger Nicole

Nicole, a 15-year-old female Amur tiger at the Oregon Zoo, died shortly after noon today after experiencing what is believed to be a seizure. Animal care staff responded immediately but were unable to save her. Veterinary staff continue to gather information to determine what may have caused her death.

Citizens' oversight group praises zoo bond implementation

The Oregon Zoo continues to deliver on promises made in 2008, when the region's voters approved a $125 million zoo bond measure promoting animal welfare and sustainability, a citizen-oversight group reports.

At a meeting of the Metro Council yesterday, the Oregon Zoo Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee commended Metro and zoo staff for their effectiveness in implementing a host of projects funded by the community-supported bond measure as well as for its responsiveness in addressing committee recommendations and questions.

Zoo vet, keepers help condor chick break out of shell

It's been a busy week at the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation. The first California condor chick of 2014 arrived Tuesday with quite a commotion — nearly jumping out of its eggshell and loudly announcing its presence to the world. The second chick — which hatched yesterday — arrived quietly and needed a little help.
Zookeepers and veterinarians performed an emergency assisted hatch, helping the little bird out of its egg and into the world by carefully snipping open sections of the shell. The chick had become stuck in the wrong position for hatching, unable to move inside its shell, and would not have survived without the intervention.

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. For now, keepers say, the recent arrivals are keeping cozy in their nest boxes, growing strong on a diet of regurgitated "fish smoothie" provided by their parents. The first Humboldt hatchling of the year, who arrived March 11 to parents Milo and Vivo, has already been eating with enough gusto to have earned the nickname "Porker."

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