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Zoo Foundation welcomes four new board members

Four new members with impressive résumés and a passion for wildlife have joined the Oregon Zoo Foundation's board of directors, officials announced. Public affairs specialist Deborah Herron, groundbreaking politician Jessica Vega Pederson, development expert Sigrid Button, and banking professional Peter Norman all were elected to the OZF board in June, and are ready to jump into the foundation's many projects in support of the Oregon Zoo.

Columbia Gorge pika watchers mobilize for summer season

Hike the Columbia Gorge this summer and piping from the rocks you might hear something that sounds like a squeak toy on steroids. It's the alarm call of the American pika alerting other pikas to your presence. To biologists, though, it's the absence of that call that's sounding the alarm.

Zoo welcomes summer with bear awareness activities

The Oregon Zoo is welcoming summer with a special bear awareness day June 22.At 11 a.m., keepers will be placing a campsite (minus the campers) right in the middle of Black Bear Ridge for the zoo's four black bears — Dale, Cubby, Tuff and Takoda — to ransack.

NW Natural's paperless billing program to benefit zoo

NW Natural customers who sign up to receive their bills electronically by the end of next month can also help support the Oregon Zoo. The Oregon Zoo Foundation — the private nonprofit fundraising arm of the zoo — was selected as one of four environmentally focused groups to win a portion of $25,000 donated by NW Natural shareholders.

Junior Grange Kids make donation to zoo's family farm

Before visiting the Oregon Zoo's Trillium Creek Family Farm on Thursday, 15 Oregon State Junior Grangers, ages 5 to 14, presented a donation of $1,366 to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to support the zoo's activities and educational efforts.

Zoo's Humboldt penguin chicks get into the swim of things

The five new Humboldt penguin chicks that hatched at the Oregon Zoo this spring have begun to emerge from their nest boxes and explore their surroundings, keepers say. The young penguins are easy to identify: they are gray all over and lack the black-and-white markings of adult Humboldts — notably the distinctive horseshoe-shaped band in the chest area.

Sweet deal: Krispy Kreme unveils 'Lily' doughnut

Anyone planning to visit the Oregon Zoo this Friday will have a sweet incentive to show up early. On June 14, representatives from Krispy Kreme will be at the zoo handing out free original glazed doughnuts to the first 500 visitors. Also that day, Krispy Kreme will unveil its newest menu item: the Lily doughnut, named in honor of the zoo's youngest pachyderm.

Zoo breaks ground on 'Elephant Lands' habitat

Golden shovels were on hand, but the Oregon Zoo broke ground today elephant-style: with a 30-ton excavator. Construction of the 6.25-acre Elephant Lands habitat — the most ambitious project in Oregon Zoo history — officially kicked off with massive displacement of earth, making way for the Asian elephant herd's new home and a new era of animal welfare.

Zoo grant helps Portland Audubon take the lead on lead

On May 13, the Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center received a call about a bald eagle that seemed unable to fly. Care center operations manager Lacy Campbell headed to the site in Longview, Wash., fording a creek to bring the 3-foot-tall bird back to Audubon, where a blood test revealed it to be suffering from severe lead poisoning. The eagle is not only in treatment now at Audubon, but is also contributing to research that may help protect other wildlife from lead.

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