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All aboard! Free rides May 27 as zoo train resumes service

The Washington Park and Zoo Railway will take on its first passengers in nearly six months Friday. Officially, the train won't resume operations until the weekend, but the Oregon Zoo is inviting visitors to ride the rails for free on Friday, May 27.

Inmates join effort to recover endangered NW turtle

More than 20 western pond turtles returned to their home ponds in the Columbia River Gorge this morning — the latest release in a 25-year collaboration aimed at helping this yellow-speckled local reptile survive.

Zoo invites visitors to help fight extinction May 21

Sea otters, Asian elephants and California condors are three of the most iconic species at the Oregon Zoo. They are also among the most threatened. On Saturday, May 21, in observance of Endangered Species Day, the zoo will highlight some of the world's rarest creatures while raising awareness about the fight to save them.

Zoo names animal care expert as new deputy director

Sheri L. Horiszny, director of animal programs at the Santa Barbara Zoo and founder of three giraffe conservation initiatives, has been named deputy director of Living Collections at the Oregon Zoo, and will begin later this summer. Her duties include overseeing the zoo's animal care, animal health, conservation and research, and horticulture staff.

Zoo's Elephant Lands is named project of the year

Elephant Lands, a visionary home for Portland's beloved Asian elephant family, garnered three major honors last night — including Project of the Year — at the Daily Journal of Commerce's annual TopProjects ceremony, held at the Oregon Convention Center.

Leaping lions! Zoo's mega cat toy has whole pride pouncing

Watching a cat get airborne is always exhilarating, but even more so when it weighs 350 pounds. At the Oregon Zoo, a new enrichment game is helping to keep the African lions fit while bringing out their explosive predatory instincts.

Zoo welcomes summer with bear awareness activities

With black bears stirring after their long winter naps, and summer camping season just around the corner, the Oregon Zoo is hosting a special Bear Awareness Day May 14, featuring informative keeper talks, educational displays and animal-enrichment activities.

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