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Pride of the zoo: African lion Neka gives birth to three cubs

According to keepers, the three not-so-little kittens entered the world Sept. 7 between about 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. The first-time mom and her new family are doing well in their behind-the-scenes maternity den. The litter represents the first offspring for Neka and Zawadi Mungu, the cubs' 5-year-old father.

Possibility of lion cubs brings roars of excitement

If all goes well, 5-year-old Neka is expected to give birth in next 10 days. The Oregon Zoo may soon be welcoming a litter of African lion cubs, its first in several decades. Officials say Neka, one of two female lions in the zoo's Predators of the Serengeti habitat, is pregnant and could give birth within the next 10 days.

Portland Audubon rehabs lead-poisoned bald eagle

Lead-testing machine funded by Oregon Zoo helped save poisoned raptor, vets say. After more than three months of intense treatment, a bald eagle in the care of the Audubon Society of Portland has made a full recovery from severe lead poisoning. The raptor will be released back into the wild at Willow Grove Park near Longview, Wash., at 11 a.m. on Aug. 24. The public is welcome to attend the release.

Last of summer’s silverspot pupae head for Oregon coast

It's summertime, and some of the Oregon Zoo's tiniest residents are heading to the coast. Zoo conservationists are busy preparing the last of this season's Oregon silverspot butterflies for one-way passage to either Bray Point or Rock Creek in an effort to stabilize declining populations of this threatened species.

'Sunset at the Zoo' offers one more chance for summer fun

Trashcan Joe and Mr. Ben to perform as zoo extends hours on Aug. 21. The Sunset at the Zoo series — free with regular zoo admission — concludes Wednesday, Aug. 21, with live music and entertainment, activities for kids and the chance to get to know animals active during twilight hours. Zoo gates remain open until 8 p.m. with music and activities taking place from 5 p.m. on. (Visitors on zoo grounds by 8 p.m. may stay until 9:30.)

Zoo-aided study reveals secret life of forest carnivores

Last winter, biologists Tim Hiller and Jamie McFadden-Hiller planted 32 roadkill-baited motion-sensitive cameras in the snowy wilds of Oregon's Central Cascades. After six months and more than 25,860 photos, they have begun to paint a picture of Oregon's forest carnivore diversity — capturing images of eight meat-eaters ranging from weasels to black bears, along with a few surprises.

Zoo to return endangered NW turtles to the wild

Portlanders may feel like summer's just reaching its peak. But for 10 western pond turtles reared at the Oregon Zoo, a nearly yearlong stretch of warm days and nights will soon be drawing to an end.

Zoo bear sports high-tech neckwear for conservation

Tasul, an Oregon Zoo polar bear, recently landed her first white-collar job: research assistant for the U.S. Geological Survey. Her assignment: wearing a high-tech collar to help solve a climate change mystery.

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