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When school's out, zoo camps connect kids with nature

School’s almost out — have you made plans for your kids this summer? Opportunities for summer fun and learning are going fast at the Oregon Zoo. The zoo’s popular summer camps return June 15 and run through Aug. 21, with programs for children 4 years of age through entering eighth grade.

Change-averse Packy moves into huge new elephant barn

After six days, 400 pounds of carrots, a ton of sweet potatoes and an equal measure of encouraging words, the famously change-averse Packy finally ambled into the new indoor portion of Elephant Lands yesterday — one week behind the rest of the Oregon Zoo elephant family, but right on time as far as keepers were concerned.

Zoo conservationists to go Bowling for Rhinos June 13

It's a critical time for rhinos worldwide. More than 1,000 rhinos were killed last year in South Africa alone. And with two of the five rhino species perilously close to extinction, the Oregon Zoo's Bowling for Rhinos fundraiser, now in its 26th year, is more important than ever.

'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.

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