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ZooLights ends season with free New Year's Eve train rides

ZooLights, the Oregon Zoo's winter wonderland of sparkling lights and colorful hues, closes out one of its most successful years ever Monday, Dec. 31. To celebrate, officials are treating visitors to a free New Year's Eve ride on the light-bedecked zoo train.

Wrinkles in time: a trunkful of memories from 2012

It's been a big year for Oregon Zoo elephants, from the 50th birthday of Packy in April to the birth of the newest member of the herd, Lily, in November. As the zoo celebrates a half-century of working with elephants, it looks forward to breaking ground on a visionary expansion of the Asian elephant habitat next spring.

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.

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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