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Zoo wins veterinary, animal care and conservation awards in September

It feels like awards season at the Oregon Zoo. While some zoo staffers were at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums conference last month — accepting AZA honors for conservation and marketing — more of the zoo's animal-care experts were at separate professional gatherings, earning accolades of their own.

Zoo awards $25K in grants for Northwest conservation

Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, California condors, Oregon spotted frogs and other species native to the Pacific Northwest got some much-needed help recently as the Oregon Zoo Foundation awarded $25,000 to nine conservation efforts around the region through its Future for Wildlife grant program.

Lion update: Smallest cub is back with her family

The smallest of three African lion cubs born at the Oregon Zoo last month has been reunited with her family following an intensive-care intervention and a nine-day stay in the zoo's Veterinary Medical Center.

Lily 1K: Rose-Tu's baby now weighs half a ton

She was born big — with an outsize personality to match — and now her weight has reached quadruple digits: Lily, the Oregon Zoo's youngest Asian elephant, tipped the scales at more than a 1,000 pounds this week, not quite 10 months after her birth last November.

All aboard! Last chance to ride zoo train until 2014

Zoo trains will be out of service starting Sept. 23, back for ZooLights 2014. All aboard! The Washington Park and Zoo Railway will be making its last runs of the season Sept. 22 and then will be out of service temporarily, as construction crews begin laying track for a new train route — one designed to provide unique views of Oregon Zoo animals as well as improved looks at ZooLights, the annual winter lights display.

Zoo-funded study cracks mystery of broken condor eggs

What do California condors have in common with great white sharks and killer whales? They like to dine on marine mammals. Unfortunately for the condors, being in the gastronomic company of such fearsome predators has left them particularly vulnerable to toxins.

Cub update: It's a girl, and a girl, and a girl!

Veterinarians and animal-care staff conducted their first examination of Neka's 12-day-old lion cubs at the Oregon Zoo today, and answered a question that's been on a lot of people's minds: All three cubs are girls.

Survey reveals rare bumblebee on Mt. Hood

If you ate a Willamette Valley-grown tomato or pepper before the mid-'90s, there's a good chance it was pollinated by the western bumblebee. The inch-long, white-bottomed bee — which you'd also have to thank for countless wildflowers — was one of the most common pollinators in the west. But around 15 years ago, they mysteriously disappeared west of the Cascades.

Zoo, Walmart partner for another year of discounts

The Walmart Foundation has renewed its presenting sponsorship of the Oregon Zoo's popular Second Tuesdays program, which offers visitors a chance to see the zoo for the reduced price of $4 per person on the second Tuesday of each month.

Pride of the zoo: African lion Neka gives birth to three cubs

According to keepers, the three not-so-little kittens entered the world Sept. 7 between about 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. The first-time mom and her new family are doing well in their behind-the-scenes maternity den. The litter represents the first offspring for Neka and Zawadi Mungu, the cubs' 5-year-old father.

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