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Two for the road: zoo finds home for orphaned cougar cubs

A pair of young cougar cubs found orphaned and starving near Missoula, Mont., have briefly taken up residence behind the scenes at the Oregon Zoo while they await a flight out of town this evening en route to a new, permanent home at Tennessee's Chattanooga Zoo. Oregon Zoo keeper Michelle Schireman described the 5-month-old siblings, one male and one female, as "intensely cute, but far from cuddly." "The cubs are about as large as medium-sized dogs, with paws as big as bread plates," Schireman said. "They still have a bit of blue about their eyes and the fuzzy spotted coats you see on younger cougar cubs, but both the blue and the spots have begun to fade."

Masto-gone: zoo's ice age visitor to return to Smithsonian

The Oregon Zoo’s Lilah Callen Holden Elephant Museum — home to elephant-related art, historical artifacts and a 7,000-year-old fossilized mastodon skeleton — will close its doors for good this month, as the zoo prepares for construction on Elephant Lands, a dramatic expansion of the Asian elephant habitat. Zoogoers wishing to see the museum one last time may visit Jan. 11-21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oregon Zoo’s top ten conservation stories of 2012

From pinhead-sized caterpillars to California condors, spanning locations as far flung as Uganda, Peru and Estacada, the Oregon Zoo's conservation efforts made a difference for dozens of threatened and endangered species in 2012. Here's a look back at our conservation highlights from the past year.

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.

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."

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