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Spring, summer camps help connect kids with nature

With spring just around the corner, Northwest campers should be prepared for encounters with bears, cougars and bobcats — not to mention elephants, lions and orangutans. The Oregon Zoo's spring break day camps return March 21-25, and its summer camps, presented by Banfield Pet Hospital, start June 13.

Making way for turtles in an off-leash dog park

In the Sandy River Delta Park, just 15 miles out of town, the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council has been busy yanking out non-native, invasive plants and erecting temporary fences — creating safe nesting spots for the yellow-striped reptiles that have lived here for millennia.

Chimp turns videographer with zoo's GoPro enrichment

A chimpanzee at the Oregon Zoo has turned filmmaker, giving animal-care staff and YouTube fans an insider's look the zoo and its renowned enrichment program ... not to mention an insider's look at her mouth.

Zoo to celebrate International Polar Bear Day, Feb. 27

On Saturday, Feb. 27, Oregon Zoo visitors are invited to celebrate International Polar Bear Day, a day aimed at showcasing these iconic marine mammals and highlighting their critical role — and the issues they face — in the Arctic ecosystem.

Wakey, wakey! Zoo rouses 1,500 caterpillars for trip north

Zoo conservationists roused more than 1,500 Taylor's checkerspot larvae from their winter dormancy this month, transferring the very hungry caterpillars into rearing cups at the zoo's Imperiled Butterfly Conservation Lab, where they munched on narrowleaf plantain following a 7-month snooze.

Mik's kicks: Soccer game has aging tiger acting like kitten

He might look like a playful kitten chasing around a ball of yarn, but this cat is a 310-pound Amur tiger with paws the size of dinner plates. Mikhail is one of the oldest Amur tigers in the world, and the Oregon Zoo's animal-care experts have been working hard to keep the 17-year-old active as he ages.

Out of the muck: Mighty mudminnow gets its time to shine

They're not an overtly charismatic fish, but zoom in and you'll see the spunk. The Olympic mudminnow (Novumbra hubbsi) swims just above the mud layer in shallow water wetlands of the Olympic Peninsula — the only fish that lives only in Washington state.

Hedgehog calls for an early spring; local crocuses put on alert

Sure, Punxsutawney Phil may be calling for an early spring, but more importantly for local residents, so is Velda, the Oregon Zoo's African pygmy hedgehog. Velda did not see her shadow this morning, meaning an early spring could be in store here in the Northwest as well.

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