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Rose-Tu's pregnancy enters the home stretch

Let the countdown begin. Asian elephant Rose-Tu has reached the last stage of her pregnancy, according to Oregon Zoo animal-care staff, leaving behind what in human terms would be considered the "golden" second trimester and marching trunk-first into the home stretch.

Zoo challenges geocachers to find hidden surprises

If you notice Oregon Zoo visitors looking down at their GPS devices instead of up at the animals, don't be surprised. Since the zoo joined millions of people worldwide in the game of geocaching this spring, some visitors have been almost as interested in finding the zoo's caches as its cats.

Tusko is zoo 'Father of the Year'

The Oregon Zoo has named Tusko the Asian elephant its 2012 Father of the Year. As his offspring, Samudra, grows up and begins to wean, Tusko has been taking on the fatherly responsibility of showing him the ropes of adult life in the herd, keepers say.

Zoo camps help kids stay active, connect with nature

Northwest campers are always on the lookout for bears. But tigers and elephants? Not so much. Unless you’re an Oregon Zoo camper, that is. The zoo’s popular summer camps return June 18, with programs for children 4 years of age through eighth grade.

New species hides while visitors seek

With big, goggly eyes and long, bushy tails, two of the Oregon Zoo's newest residents are a sight to see – if you are lucky. Hidden in the shadows of their darkened habitat, a pair of elusive and nocturnal African bushbabies named Lou and Dokhani have been maintaining a low profile this past month – so low, in fact, that even frequent zoo visitors might not know they are here.

Keeper tends to young bear cub removed from woods

"Michelle, we need your help." So began a conversation that Michelle Schireman, an Oregon Zoo keeper known for taking in orphaned cougar cubs, realized would upend her life, both professionally and personally, for a while. It was her day off from the zoo, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife was calling her at home.

Zoo welcomes 17-foot-tall out-of-town guest

The Oregon Zoo welcomed a new, and very tall, addition to its Africa Savanna habitat last week: Riley, a 17-foot-tall giraffe from Utah's Hogle Zoo. Visitors can see Riley in the zoo's Africa Savanna habitat starting today.

Zoo to implement non-smoking policy May 26

The Oregon Zoo is going smoke-free. Starting May 26, the use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, will be prohibited on zoo grounds as part of a wider policy that affects all Metro-operated facilities.

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