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Zoo-funded study cracks mystery of broken condor eggs

What do California condors have in common with great white sharks and killer whales? They like to dine on marine mammals. Unfortunately for the condors, being in the gastronomic company of such fearsome predators has left them particularly vulnerable to toxins.

Cub update: It's a girl, and a girl, and a girl!

Veterinarians and animal-care staff conducted their first examination of Neka's 12-day-old lion cubs at the Oregon Zoo today, and answered a question that's been on a lot of people's minds: All three cubs are girls.

Survey reveals rare bumblebee on Mt. Hood

If you ate a Willamette Valley-grown tomato or pepper before the mid-'90s, there's a good chance it was pollinated by the western bumblebee. The inch-long, white-bottomed bee — which you'd also have to thank for countless wildflowers — was one of the most common pollinators in the west. But around 15 years ago, they mysteriously disappeared west of the Cascades.

Pride of the zoo: African lion Neka gives birth to three cubs

According to keepers, the three not-so-little kittens entered the world Sept. 7 between about 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. The first-time mom and her new family are doing well in their behind-the-scenes maternity den. The litter represents the first offspring for Neka and Zawadi Mungu, the cubs' 5-year-old father.

Oregon Zoo to host Sea Otter Awareness Week

Otter lovers, be aware! The Oregon Zoo and Friends of the Sea Otter celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week, Sept. 22-28 — seven days aimed at showcasing these playful marine mammals and highlighting their critical role in the North Pacific ecosystem.

Possibility of lion cubs brings roars of excitement

If all goes well, 5-year-old Neka is expected to give birth in next 10 days. The Oregon Zoo may soon be welcoming a litter of African lion cubs, its first in several decades. Officials say Neka, one of two female lions in the zoo's Predators of the Serengeti habitat, is pregnant and could give birth within the next 10 days.

Portland Audubon rehabs lead-poisoned bald eagle

Lead-testing machine funded by Oregon Zoo helped save poisoned raptor, vets say. After more than three months of intense treatment, a bald eagle in the care of the Audubon Society of Portland has made a full recovery from severe lead poisoning. The raptor will be released back into the wild at Willow Grove Park near Longview, Wash., at 11 a.m. on Aug. 24. The public is welcome to attend the release.

Last of summer’s silverspot pupae head for Oregon coast

It's summertime, and some of the Oregon Zoo's tiniest residents are heading to the coast. Zoo conservationists are busy preparing the last of this season's Oregon silverspot butterflies for one-way passage to either Bray Point or Rock Creek in an effort to stabilize declining populations of this threatened species.

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