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Playful pup Juno to join two elderly otters at Steller Cove

Precious cargo arrived Tuesday, May 13, on the Oregon coast in ice-filled crates, when a single-engine turboprop plane touched down at Newport Municipal Airport. Oswald and Juno, two sea otter pups bound for their new homes at Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Oregon Zoo, debarked from the plane along with a mammalogist and veterinarian in tow who cared for them during their journey from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Visitors will come nose-to-beak with condors at new exhibit

After more than 100 years, California condors have returned to Portland. Though native to the region, and commonly seen here during the time of Lewis and Clark, the continent's largest bird hasn't soared through Northwest skies for more than a century. But starting May 24, the Oregon Zoo will offer up-close views of these colorful, charismatic and critically endangered birds at its new Condors of the Columbia exhibit. (Zoo members can enjoy a special preview on May 23.)

Three's company: third bird joins zoo's new condor-minium

"Keep calm and carrion" seems to be the motto of three California condors settling in at the Oregon Zoo this month. Keepers say the critically endangered scavengers have taken to their new zoo home with nary a ruffled feather.

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.

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