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Nation's oldest male Asian elephant Packy turns 54

By almost any measure, Packy is majestic. Standing 10 and a half feet at the shoulder, he is thought to be the tallest Asian elephant in North America. Keepers liken his lean, rangy build to that of a pro basketball player.

Zoo scientists go whole hog to help wild pig population

Some consider them crop-raiding pests in their native rainforests of equatorial West Africa. But in zoos, red river hogs are welcome residents that create a fantastic opportunity for biologists to better understand their species as a whole.

Searching for jelly: Oregon spotted frog counts are in

This year, the zoo's Environmental Conservation Outreach team — a volunteer group formed to connect Portlanders with regional conservation projects — trekked out to help survey Conboy's eggs, from which USFWS is able to determine the adult frog populations.

Runners hit the road to help orangutans

To help save this endangered species, which shares nearly 98 percent of its DNA with humans, the Portland chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers has joined forces with the Oregon Road Runners Club to present Race for the Redheads.

Zoo releases 'predator-proof' strain of pond turtles

An imperiled Pacific Northwest native turtle may have a new lease on life thanks to an innovative conservation program at the Oregon Zoo. Using an advanced "booster cocktail," Oregon Zoo conservation staff have successfully raised several pond turtles large enough to evade any predator.

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