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Zoo elephants won't know where to find their next meal

Soon the Oregon Zoo's famous family of elephants won't know where their next meal is coming from. And that's a good thing, animal experts say. "In Southeast Asian range countries, elephants can spend up to 16 hours a day searching for food," said Bob Lee, the zoo's elephant curator. "They're eating throughout the day, getting lots of exercise — that's the kind of experience we thought about as we designed the new Elephant Lands habitat here at the zoo."

Zoo to re-test elephant Tusko after inconclusive TB results

Tusko, a 44-year-old male Asian elephant at the Oregon Zoo, has tested positive for tuberculosis on one test and negative on another, zoo officials learned today. Zoo veterinarians and elephant-care staff are pursuing further testing to help explain the contradictory results.

Special-needs kids, families enjoy free day at the zoo

A special group of kids received the VIP treatment at the Oregon Zoo last week. On Thursday, May 29, the zoo welcomed hundreds of children with special health-care needs to a free, fun-filled afternoon sponsored by Providence Children's Health.

10-year-old's change jar makes change for orangutans

Landon Clark's first orangutan encounter was with Inji. He was 2. She was 45. A photo from that visit shows them sizing each other up across the glass, marking the moment Inji secured the distinction of Landon's "favorite animal." Six years later, when he visited her again, he discovered that Inji's species was being driven toward extinction by the production of palm oil.

Season's last condor chick hatches at zoo breeding facility

The Oregon Zoo concluded its California condor breeding season in timely, and slightly unusual, fashion this week. The zoo's sixth and last chick of the season hatched Monday, May 19, at the Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation in rural Clackamas County — the same week the zoo's much anticipated Condors of the Columbia habitat is set to open here in town.

Zoo to explore Borneo conservation partnerships

With a list of residents including rhinos, orangutans, pygmy elephants and sun bears, Malaysian Borneo is home to one of the greatest assemblages of charismatic megafauna outside of Africa. This week, Oregon Zoo staff will travel there in search of something equally elusive: a long-term long-distance relationship.

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.