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New lion cubs nap, nurse and take wobbly first steps

African lion Kya seems to be "a natural" when it comes to motherhood, keepers at the Oregon Zoo say. Since the birth of her four cubs on Sept. 8, the first-time mom has been grooming, nursing and wrangling her offspring like a veteran lioness.

Zoo polar bears will use 'slinky' to warm up elephants

Polar bears like it cool, elephants like it warm and the Oregon Zoo likes it sustainable. Now, zoo construction crews have begun work on a project that will let these two endangered species keep each other's thermostats at comfy levels via an innovative high-tech system buried 12 feet underground.

Native American totem poles restored, reinstalled at zoo

Two Native American totem poles that loom tall in Oregon Zoo history will reappear on the zoo campus soon — newly refurbished, brightly painted and more striking than ever. The totem poles — one crafted by Chief Don "Lelooska" Smith and another by father-and-son artists Rex and Ray Losey — have been on the zoo campus for decades, becoming familiar visual cues for visitors over the years.

Cotton-top tamarins go on view in zoo's 'Fragile Forests'

Starting today, Oregon Zoo visitors can see three cotton-top tamarins — a species of small New World monkey named for the striking crest of long white hair on their heads — at a newly refurbished spot in the zoo's Fragile Forests section, animal-care staff announced.

Mik takes a dip: New toy has aging tiger acting like kitten

Keepers this week tried a new cat toy out on the Oregon Zoo's aging Amur tiger Mikhail, and the result was a splashy swim on a warm summer day. On Tuesday, zookeepers tossed a 3-foot-long green plastic cylinder into the tiger pool from a rooftop overlooking Mikhail's habitat. The 400-pound tiger bounded right in after it, splashing playfully and batting the toy around.

Zoo's growing pride: Cubs on the way for African lion Kya

The Oregon Zoo may soon be welcoming another litter of African lion cubs, its second in two years. Animal-care staff say Kya, one of two female lions in the zoo's Predators of the Serengeti habitat, is pregnant and expected to give birth in September.

Firefighters' gift is a boon for zoo's simian senior citizens

In case you needed another reason to love firefighters: They're now helping senior-citizen primates at the Oregon Zoo kick back in style. This month, the Clackamas Fire District donated around 2,000 feet of decommissioned fire hose to the Oregon Zoo, where a pair of creative keepers is turning the hose into hammocks for 54-year-old orangutan Inji and gibbons Phyllis and Duffy.

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