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Be it ever so Humboldt: 3 chicks join Penguinarium

Three new chicks have joined the Oregon Zoo's Humboldt penguin colony this month. Visitors can look for the young penguins this summer, once the chicks fledge and begin to explore the rugged terrain of the zoo's penguinarium, which simulates the endangered birds' native habitat along the rocky coast of Chile and Peru. For now, keepers say, the recent arrivals are keeping cozy in their nest boxes, growing strong on a diet of regurgitated "fish smoothie" provided by their parents. The first Humboldt hatchling of the year, who arrived March 11 to parents Milo and Vivo, has already been eating with enough gusto to have earned the nickname "Porker."

Tiny, loudmouthed condor chick is first hatch of season

The first California condor chick of the season hatched this morning at the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation, and keepers say the young bird appears healthy, loud and full of fight — traits that could serve it well once it grows large enough for release into the wild. The chick, whose parents are Malibu and Maluk, chipped its way out of its shell around 8 a.m. while inside an incubator at the Jonsson Center. The March 18 hatch date is the earliest since the zoo started breeding the critically endangered birds in 2003.

Zoo-assisted project aims to keep condors unleaded

High on a cliff face in Big Sur, condor No. 340 — the first of 26 Oregon Zoo-hatched California condors to be released in the wild since 2005 — perches with his wild-fledged mate. If the pair is successful, this will be the first year they raise a chick together. They almost didn't get the chance. In January, the pair was at the Los Angeles Zoo undergoing chelation therapy — a chemo-like treatment for lead poisoning. It was the sixth lead-related hospital visit for No. 340, whose pre-release name, Kun-Wak-Shun, means thunder and lightning.

Tori Amos to play Oregon Zoo in July, tickets on sale Friday

Tori Amos built her résumé from relentless musical curiosity. She's been nominated for Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards, German classical music honors and British theater accolades. For more than two decades she's written with beautiful, and sometimes brutal, honesty.

True grit: Zoo searches world for perfect 'elephant sand'

When Rose-Tu, Lily and the rest of Portland's elephant family ambled into a portion of their new digs at the Oregon Zoo this week, they were taking a big step into history — and, as it turns out, into a yard filled four feet deep with sand.

Giant steps: Big milestone for zoo Elephant Lands project

Construction of the $57 million Elephant Lands, the most ambitious project in Oregon Zoo history, reached a milestone Feb. 21, as crews completed work on what's now known as the Encounter Habitat, a sandy field in the southern portion of the habitat, adjacent to the zoo concert lawn.

Orphaned cougar cubs moving on after 6-week stay at zoo

Last week, while the Oregon Zoo's three African lion cubs took a snowy star turn on Good Morning America, another lion cub trio was purring away in private, camped out behind the scenes at the zoo's veterinary medical center. Three young mountain lions — orphaned in eastern Oregon last month when their mother was shot by a hunter — have been growing up out of the limelight, under the watchful care of zoo veterinary staff and keepers.

As zoo reopens, lion cubs enjoy some winter sports

The Oregon Zoo opened to visitors for the first time in four days this morning, and those who sloshed their way through the gates early got a rare treat: the chance to see three 5-month-old lion cubs romping in the snow. Like many youngsters in the region, Neka's cubs couldn't wait to get out and play in the white stuff.

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