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Testing the waters at Oregon Zoo's Elephant Lands

Things are going swimmingly at the Oregon Zoo's expansive new Elephant Lands habitat. On Saturday, a new 160,000-gallon pool for pachyderms passed its most important test — the Lily Test — as the exuberant 3-year-old and her mom, Rose-Tu, enjoyed their first splash in this state-of-the-art swimming hole.

Zoo hacks: 6 pro tips for a luminous ZooLights experience

ZooLights is back! The Oregon Zoo's walk-through winter wonderland of more than 1.6 million colored lights, presented by the Oregon College Savings Plan and Banfield Pet Hospital, is now open for the season and more popular than ever.

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.

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