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Procrastinators take note: last weekend for ZooLights

Visitors still have a few more evenings to brighten the holiday season at the Oregon Zoo. ZooLights, the zoo's winter wonderland of sparkling lights and brilliant hues runs through Monday, Dec. 31 — after that, it's lights out for another year. ZooLights, presented by Fred Meyer with support from Toyota, has become a favorite holiday tradition for many Portland-area families over the past quarter-century. Last year, a record 193,000 visitors came to see ZooLights' life-size animal silhouettes, moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and the light-bedecked zoo train.

ZooLights gets greener for Silver Anniversary

ZooLights is both brighter and greener this year. The Oregon Zoo's spectacular holiday light festival, now in its 25th year, continues upgrading its displays with an eye to the future. Since 2000, the zoo has been gradually switching from conventional incandescent lights to highly efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which use a fraction of the energy and last far longer.

So a naked mole rat walks into a bar… Zoo to host comedy night

There's nothing funny about extinction, which is why the Portland chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers is hosting the Oregon Zoo's first comedy night Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Local comedians Todd Armstrong and Scoot Herring will headline the fundraiser, which will directly support the conservation of endangered African wild dogs.

Zoo to ring in holidays with "Presents for Primates"

The holidays will come a little early this year for the non-human primates at the Oregon Zoo. Chimpanzees and orangutans will receive food-filled gift boxes and quilts from their Secret Santas — i.e., primate keepers — during the zoo’s annual Presents for Primates, Saturday, Dec. 22 (chimps), and Sunday, Dec. 23 (orangs), at 10:30 a.m.

Zoo's new giraffe Desi is 10 feet tall and growing

He may be 7 feet shorter than his roommates, but it's no stretch to say Desi — the newest resident of the Oregon Zoo's Africa Savanna habitat — is now the tallest 2-year-old in town. The 10-foot-tall reticulated giraffe arrived from the St. Louis Zoo last month and has been warmly welcomed by Oregon Zoo keepers and staff, who think the young fellow will be a good companion for the zoo's two other giraffes, both 17-footers.

Oregon Zoo's baby elephant Lily is set to meet public

Lily, the Oregon Zoo's 11-day-old Asian elephant, is ready to make her much-anticipated public debut this week, veterinarians and keepers say. Beginning Friday, Dec. 14, Rose-Tu and her new calf will be together in the indoor viewing gallery of the zoo's Asian elephant exhibit.

Rose-Tu's 10-day-old baby has a name: Lily

Community overwhelmingly favors Lily as name in online voting. Last week, Oregon Zoo elephant keepers submitted five names for a public vote, Lily along with four others

Zoo seeks help in naming baby elephant: VOTE NOW

Rose-Tu's baby needs a name. Oregon Zoo elephant keepers are asking the community to help them choose a name for the week-old female elephant calf. Keepers have come up with five names and are asking people to vote for their favorite on the zoo's website: www.oregonzoo.org. "The outpouring support for the zoo and its newest resident has been incredible," said Kim Smith, zoo director. "Rose-Tu and her calf are doing well. They're bonding and comfortable with each other. Now it's time to give the calf a name that suits her."

Zoo mourns loss of oldest resident, Coco the chimpanzee

Excitement over the arrival of a new baby elephant was dampened today as Oregon Zoo staff made the difficult decision to euthanize Coco the chimpanzee, one of the zoo's most beloved long-term residents.
"Coco was beloved to staff, volunteers and visitors," said curator Jennifer Davis, who oversees the zoo's primate area. "During her 50 years here, she touched many lives."
At around 60 years old, Coco had been the oldest animal at the Oregon Zoo and the second-oldest chimp in the entire U.S. zoo population. The median life expectancy for chimpanzees is 31.7 years for males and 38.7 years for females.

It's a girl! Oregon Zoo elephant Rose-Tu delivers 2nd calf

The long wait is over. Rose-Tu, an 18-year-old Asian elephant, gave birth to a 300-pound female calf at the Oregon Zoo at 2:17 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. “We’re all delighted at the arrival of Rose-Tu’s new calf,” said Kim Smith, Oregon Zoo director. “The calf is beautiful, healthy, tall and very vigorous. As soon as she hit the ground — before she was even out of the amniotic sac — she was wiggling. And she’s vocalizing loudly. The first time we heard her, the sound was so deep and loud that we thought it was Shine. She’s definitely got a great set of pipes, and it looks like she’s going to be a real pistol.”

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