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Zoo awarded national grants for conservation, research

The Oregon Zoo this weekend was named the recipient of two Conservation Grants Fund awards totaling nearly $38,000 from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The grants — which will fund a cheetah welfare study and a wildlife and lead outreach initiative — were announced Sept. 19 at the annual AZA conference, held this year in Salt Lake City.

Oregon Zoo to host annual conference for zoo vets

Veterinarians from zoos across the country will meet to discuss topics ranging from great ape cardiology to carnivore dentistry to avian "beakistry" as the Oregon Zoo hosts the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians' 47th annual conference Sept. 26-Oct. 2 at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion.

Where the antelope play: Bontebok debut at Oregon Zoo

A pair of frisky young bontebok — a species considered among the most handsome and least athletic of African antelope — debuted at the Oregon Zoo this week, grazing in the grass, playfully sparring with one another and exploring the lush African Savanna habitat they'll be sharing with gerenuks and Speke's gazelles.

Oregon Zoo breaks ground on new education center

A crowd of shovel-wielding schoolchildren joined forces with a 30-ton excavator today, as the Oregon Zoo broke ground on its next major campus improvement: a new conservation education center slated to open in spring 2017.

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.

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