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Oregon Zoo partners with OSU on 'Beaver Genome Project'

With an assist from Filbert — a furry, buck-toothed denizen of the Oregon Zoo's Cascade Stream and Pond habitat — scientists at Oregon State University are preparing to sequence the genome of our state animal, the North American beaver.

Late to the feast: Oregon Zoo honors vultures Sept. 18-19

As part of nature's cleanup crew, vultures are famous for arriving "late to the feast": dropping onto a carcass for choice leftovers once the predators that dispatched the animal have vacated the scene. It's only fitting then that festivities marking International Vulture Awareness Day will be a couple weeks late this year at the Oregon Zoo.

Endangered black rhino has new home at Oregon Zoo

Ruka, a 4-year-old male rhino from the Saint Louis Zoo, arrived in Portland last month, and keepers hope the rhino pair will hit it off and perhaps add to the population of this critically endangered species.

Zoo tackles controversial ingredient in cookies, ice cream

Cookies, ice cream and other treats sold at the Oregon Zoo are now more wildlife-friendly, thanks to a new purchasing plan announced this week. As of August, the zoo will only sell products containing palm oil if the companies that make them are working to address the negative impacts of the palm oil industry.

River otter pup makes surprise debut at zoo's 2nd Tuesday

Little Pudding — the 4-month-old river otter orphaned last month near Oakridge, Ore. — made a brief debut in the zoo's Cascade Stream and Pond habitat at a little after 10:30, splashing in the pool, scampering over branches and climbing on rocks for about 20 minutes as keepers and a veterinarian stood by, making sure the boisterous pup stayed safe.

Meet Little Pudding: Baby river otter gets a name

A boisterous, squeaky river otter pup — orphaned last month near Oakridge, Ore., and now living at the Oregon Zoo — has a name. The 4-month-old will be called Little Pudding, named for a tributary of the Pudding River that joins the main stem in Marion County west of Mt. Angel.

Keepers invite public to name rescued otter pup

Oregon Zoo keepers are asking the community to help them choose a name for a rescued otter pup that took up residence at the Oregon Zoo this month. Over the next week, the public can visit to vote on their favorite of three names.