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Cougars get predatory with the help of a new enrichment device

Watching a cat on the hunt is always exhilarating, but especially when the cat weighs 150 pounds. At the Oregon Zoo, a new device — which involves a zipline, a spring and a frozen salmon — is helping keep cougars Paiute and Chinook fit by bringing out their explosive predatory instincts.

Zoo forecast: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of cubs

Neka's cubs have begun to explore the Oregon Zoo's outdoor lion habitat, but only for short periods and not according to a set schedule, officials said. While the cubs' official public debut may have to wait for spring when they're a little bigger and temperatures have started to rise, keepers took advantage of a couple warm, sunny afternoons this past week to get the young lions acquainted with their new space.

Oregon Zoo lion cubs now have names

The votes are in — more than 15,000 of them — and the 6-week-old lion cubs at the Oregon Zoo now have names instead of numbers. Following an online selection process that drew international attention to the zoo this past week, Neka's cubs will henceforth be known as Kamali, Zalika and Angalia.

Off the hook fun: Get out and about with salmon, trout

The salmon's annual return from the ocean might be the most iconic wildlife spectacle in the region. And at Metro's Oxbow Regional Park this weekend, during the annual Salmon Homecoming, visitors can get an up-close perspective on this Northwest phenomenon alongside the scenic Sandy River.

Zoo wins veterinary, animal care and conservation awards in September

It feels like awards season at the Oregon Zoo. While some zoo staffers were at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums conference last month — accepting AZA honors for conservation and marketing — more of the zoo's animal-care experts were at separate professional gatherings, earning accolades of their own.

Zoo awards $25K in grants for Northwest conservation

Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, California condors, Oregon spotted frogs and other species native to the Pacific Northwest got some much-needed help recently as the Oregon Zoo Foundation awarded $25,000 to nine conservation efforts around the region through its Future for Wildlife grant program.

Lion update: Smallest cub is back with her family

The smallest of three African lion cubs born at the Oregon Zoo last month has been reunited with her family following an intensive-care intervention and a nine-day stay in the zoo's Veterinary Medical Center.

Lily 1K: Rose-Tu's baby now weighs half a ton

She was born big — with an outsize personality to match — and now her weight has reached quadruple digits: Lily, the Oregon Zoo's youngest Asian elephant, tipped the scales at more than a 1,000 pounds this week, not quite 10 months after her birth last November.

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