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Community invited to help shape zoo's next big project

As the zoo begins designing its next major campus improvement — a new conservation education center slated to open in spring 2017 — a survey launched today aims to better understand Pacific Northwesterners' relationship with the outdoors.

Zoo steps up care for Gus, oldest male Steller sea lion

Eye drops twice a day, meds concealed inside fishy treats, Adequan injections to ease an arthritic shoulder — it's all routine stuff for Gus, the Oregon Zoo's ultra-geriatric Steller sea lion, who at nearly 27 may be the oldest male of his species on the planet.

Zoo launches design of new education center

The Oregon Zoo has started designing its next major campus improvement, a new conservation education center slated to open in spring 2017. The center is intended to help the community make meaningful connections with the natural world and inspire conservation action.

Palm oil project asks consumers to act for wildlife

This week, the Oregon Zoo is launching a project to help consumers use their influence to break the link between palm oil and deforestation. The program, called Use Your Reach, lets people send messages to Starbucks, L'Oréal and General Mills, thanking them for pursuing deforestation-free palm oil. Participants also can ask a fourth company — Kraft Foods — to consider making a deforestation-free palm oil commitment.

Tiny but spiny: Zoo welcomes five hedgehog babies

What's cuter than a baby hedgehog? How about five baby hedgehogs? Hakuna Matata, an African pygmy hedgehog at the Oregon Zoo, gave birth to a litter of five on July 7, and this week the zoo was able to get some video of the prickly 3-week-olds. The tiny, spiny hoglets weigh just a tenth of a pound each, and when curled up in a ball they are about the size of a doughnut hole.

Zoo to show its stripes on International Tiger Day

The Oregon Zoo will celebrate International Tiger Day July 29, focusing on the highly endangered Amur subspecies and its struggle to avoid extinction. Visitors can learn more about the zoo's Amur tiger, Mikhail, as well as his wild counterparts, which are among the most endangered big cats on the planet.

New zoo stage offers better views for concert fans

Music fans will notice two big improvements on the Oregon Zoo concert lawn this year: better views of the performers onstage and some amazing pre-show looks at the zoo's famous family of elephants.

Walls go up for largest building in zoo history

Construction crews reached a turning point on Elephant Lands today as the most challenging tall walls of the new indoor holding area were completed. With its solid 35-foot-tall walls, this section of the indoor habitat is now the largest building in the zoo's 125-year history, but it won't hold that record for long. This week, crews will begin raising the even larger Forest Hall portion of the habitat.

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