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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.

On Groundhog Day, zoo hedges its bets for an early spring

Punxsutawney Phil may hog most of the attention on Feb. 2, but Oregon Zoo traditionalists say a young hedgehog known as Velda is actually the one to watch. The spiny little creature will make her prediction Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m. in the zoo's entry plaza: Will it be an early spring this year, or should we hunker down for six more weeks of winter?

Zoo names Smithsonian wildlife expert as director

Donald E. Moore, Ph.D. — a senior scientist at the Smithsonian's National Zoo with nearly 40 years of experience in wildlife conservation, animal welfare and zoo management — will become the Oregon Zoo's next director, officials announced today. Moore is set to assume his new duties Feb. 29.

Zoo mourns Asian elephant Tusko, father of Lily and Sam

Asian elephant Tusko, one of the oldest and largest males of his species in North America, was humanely euthanized at the Oregon Zoo today after animal-care staff determined they could no longer help pain and mobility issues stemming from a decades-old leg injury.

Zoo's new Elephant Lands opens to pachyderms, public

Two and a half years in the making, and four times the size of the zoo's former elephant habitat, Elephant Lands accounts for nearly one-tenth of the zoo's total 64-acre footprint. A bridge leading visitors to the new Forest Hall offers a sweeping, panoramic view of the entire project: six acres, extending around much of the zoo's eastern side from the central lawn to the veterinary medical center.

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