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Trains leave station: new zoo route on track for fall debut

Two of the Oregon Zoo's historic train cars made their longest trips in half a decade this week. The Old West–inspired Centennial steam locomotive and the sleek, retro-modern Zooliner were transported by flatbed truck to Pacific Power Group's Ridgefield, Wash., headquarters Monday for repairs and refurbishing.

Vets to begin treatment as new test confirms Tusko's TB

Oregon Zoo veterinarians are preparing to begin an 18-month treatment regimen for Tusko, the 44-year-old male Asian elephant who has tested positive for tuberculosis, officials announced. A culture grown from Tusko's March trunk wash indicated a mycobacterial infection, and subsequent DNA analysis has now confirmed it as M. tuberculosis, the organism that causes TB.

Zoo elephants won't know where to find their next meal

Soon the Oregon Zoo's famous family of elephants won't know where their next meal is coming from. And that's a good thing, animal experts say. "In Southeast Asian range countries, elephants can spend up to 16 hours a day searching for food," said Bob Lee, the zoo's elephant curator. "They're eating throughout the day, getting lots of exercise — that's the kind of experience we thought about as we designed the new Elephant Lands habitat here at the zoo."

Zoo conservationists to go 'Bowling for Rhinos' June 21

It's a critical time for rhinos worldwide. More than 1,000 rhinos were killed last year in South Africa alone. And with two of the five rhino species perilously close to extinction, the Oregon Zoo's Bowling for Rhinos fundraiser, now in its 25th year, is more important than ever.

Zoo to re-test elephant Tusko after inconclusive TB results

Tusko, a 44-year-old male Asian elephant at the Oregon Zoo, has tested positive for tuberculosis on one test and negative on another, zoo officials learned today. Zoo veterinarians and elephant-care staff are pursuing further testing to help explain the contradictory results.

Special-needs kids, families enjoy free day at the zoo

A special group of kids received the VIP treatment at the Oregon Zoo last week. On Thursday, May 29, the zoo welcomed hundreds of children with special health-care needs to a free, fun-filled afternoon sponsored by Providence Children's Health.

10-year-old's change jar makes change for orangutans

Landon Clark's first orangutan encounter was with Inji. He was 2. She was 45. A photo from that visit shows them sizing each other up across the glass, marking the moment Inji secured the distinction of Landon's "favorite animal." Six years later, when he visited her again, he discovered that Inji's species was being driven toward extinction by the production of palm oil.

Zoo supporters to dine, dance at summer's 'wildest' event

Animal lovers and party animals can spend a wild evening under the stars July 19 — sipping complimentary wine and beer, savoring small plates from the region's best restaurants and supporting endangered species — as the Oregon Zoo Foundation hosts its 15th annual Zoolala benefit, presented by Spirit Mountain Casino with support from NW Natural and the region's top community-minded organizations and individuals.

Season's last condor chick hatches at zoo breeding facility

The Oregon Zoo concluded its California condor breeding season in timely, and slightly unusual, fashion this week. The zoo's sixth and last chick of the season hatched Monday, May 19, at the Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation in rural Clackamas County — the same week the zoo's much anticipated Condors of the Columbia habitat is set to open here in town.

Zoo to explore Borneo conservation partnerships

With a list of residents including rhinos, orangutans, pygmy elephants and sun bears, Malaysian Borneo is home to one of the greatest assemblages of charismatic megafauna outside of Africa. This week, Oregon Zoo staff will travel there in search of something equally elusive: a long-term long-distance relationship.

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