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Zoo tamarin update: Pathology reports inconclusive

In a summary report issued yesterday, Oregon Zoo veterinarian Tim Storms outlined the results of recent pathology tests, which were unable to conclusively determine the cause of death for six cotton-top tamarins that arrived at the zoo last month. Dr. Storms also provided an update on the three remaining tamarins, which he said are all doing well.

Rescued sea otter pup is almost ready for zoo debut

Oregon Zoo visitors might get to meet a new otter soon. Juno, the rescued sea otter pup who has been settling in behind the scenes at the Steller Cove habitat, had her first meet-up with one of the zoo's two elderly otters this week — and keepers say the pair got along swimmingly.

When school's out, zoo camps connect kids with nature

School's almost out — have you made plans for your kids this summer? Opportunities for summer fun and learning are going fast at the Oregon Zoo. The zoo's popular summer camps return June 16 and run through Aug. 29, with programs for children 4 years of age through ninth grade.

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.

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