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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.

Zoo digs out, plans to reopen for Feb. 11 'Second Tuesday'

After a record February snowfall shuttered the Oregon Zoo over the past four days, officials say the popular destination is set to reopen in time for its monthly discounted-admission day Tuesday, Feb. 11. Depending on weather conditions, some animals may remain off-exhibit. The zoo's popular Second Tuesday admission-discount program, sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, offers a reduced admission price of $4 on the second Tuesday of each month, a discount of more than 65 percent from regular zoo admission. As always, children 2 and younger are admitted free.

Things going swimmingly for zoo's otter family

Otter fans visiting the Oregon Zoo this month are in for a treat. The 2-month-old North American river otter Zigzag — or Ziggy, as keepers call him — has been zipping around the zoo's Cascade Stream and Pond habitat most days until 2 p.m.

Winter nature programs explore 'Portland's wilderness'

Looking for a winter getaway? How about hiking around an ancient lava dome or taking a road trip to scope out birds of prey? A series of programs led by naturalists from the Oregon Zoo's education division offers these adventures and more over the next several months.

Zoo vets formulate new plan for treating Packy's TB

After a couple of false starts, Oregon Zoo veterinarians are planning a new course of treatment for combating Asian elephant Packy's tuberculosis, first discovered last July. Meanwhile, Packy's son Rama, diagnosed with TB last May, is nearly a third of the way through his 18-month treatment regimen and doing well, according to vets.

Zoo's condor-breeding season gets off to early start

California condor breeding season arrived earlier than usual this week at the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation. The first egg of the season, laid by Malibu, came shortly before 4 p.m. on Jan. 21 — the earliest egg since the zoo started breeding the critically endangered birds in 2003.

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