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ZOOMG! 2013's top 10 stories of conservation, cuteness

From cruller-sized pygmy rabbits to slam-dunking sea otters, 2013 was a big year for conservation, animal welfare and general adorableness at the Oregon Zoo. Here's a look back at the year's 10 most memorable zoo stories.

An awww-inspiring year: Lily the elephant turns 1

She was born big — with an outsize personality to match — and she's had a big impact on the Oregon Zoo's world famous Asian elephant herd and zoo visitors alike. Lily, the zoo's youngest elephant, turns a year old on Nov. 30, keepers plan to mark the occasion by giving Lily her own cake.

Time for families, herds, prides to gather together

The holiday season is a time for family gatherings — even, it seems, for some of the best known animals at the Oregon Zoo. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Asian elephant Lily — who turns 1 on Nov. 30 — met her father, Tusko, for the first time, while Neka's 2-month-old African lion cubs have been scampering around their grassy Predators of the Serengeti habitat with "Auntie" Kya.

Zoo previews future railway with new rendering

Exhibit designers released a sneak peek of the new Oregon Zoo railway today, giving the community its first look at a route optimized for spectacular views of animals and the annual winter ZooLights display starting in late 2014.

Two for Tilly: Oregon Zoo otter delivers her second baby

Tilly, a North American river otter at the Oregon Zoo, gave birth to another pup Nov. 8, her second this year. The new arrival weighed just shy of 5 ounces at birth and has nearly tripled that thanks to mom's naturally high-fat milk.

Wildlife workshop at zoo aims to get the lead out

Lead poisoning has been called one of the most preventable environmental health problems. Since the 1980s, lead has been eliminated from paint, gasoline and plumbing. The toxic metal remains a threat to wildlife however, and next week, experts will convene at the Oregon Zoo to determine how to get the lead out of Northwest animals.

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