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Cougars get predatory with the help of a new enrichment device

Watching a cat on the hunt is always exhilarating, but especially when the cat weighs 150 pounds. At the Oregon Zoo, a new device — which involves a zipline, a spring and a frozen salmon — is helping keep cougars Paiute and Chinook fit by bringing out their explosive predatory instincts.

Zoo offers free Veterans Day admission for military

Active and retired military personnel and their families to be admitted free Nov. 11. The Oregon Zoo will mark Veterans Day by offering free admission on Monday, Nov. 11, for military veterans and active military personnel, as well as family members who accompany them to the zoo. Families of deployed military personnel also will be given free admission.

Zoo forecast: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of cubs

Neka's cubs have begun to explore the Oregon Zoo's outdoor lion habitat, but only for short periods and not according to a set schedule, officials said. While the cubs' official public debut may have to wait for spring when they're a little bigger and temperatures have started to rise, keepers took advantage of a couple warm, sunny afternoons this past week to get the young lions acquainted with their new space.

Oregon Zoo lion cubs now have names

The votes are in — more than 15,000 of them — and the 6-week-old lion cubs at the Oregon Zoo now have names instead of numbers. Following an online selection process that drew international attention to the zoo this past week, Neka's cubs will henceforth be known as Kamali, Zalika and Angalia.

Off the hook fun: Get out and about with salmon, trout

The salmon's annual return from the ocean might be the most iconic wildlife spectacle in the region. And at Metro's Oxbow Regional Park this weekend, during the annual Salmon Homecoming, visitors can get an up-close perspective on this Northwest phenomenon alongside the scenic Sandy River.

Treats in store for animals, visitors at zoo's 'Howloween'

Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn about wildlife Oct. 26-27, during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with zoo admission.
In keeping with the zoo's mission, Howloween aims to be educational as well as fun. An intriguing scavenger hunt directs trick-or-treaters to easily accessible activity stations throughout the zoo. Activities are themed to teach kids about animals around the zoo, and their habitats and adaptations. Goody bags filled with candy and prizes will be given out for completed hunts at the zoo's exit.

Zoo wins veterinary, animal care and conservation awards in September

It feels like awards season at the Oregon Zoo. While some zoo staffers were at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums conference last month — accepting AZA honors for conservation and marketing — more of the zoo's animal-care experts were at separate professional gatherings, earning accolades of their own.

Zoo awards $25K in grants for Northwest conservation

Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, California condors, Oregon spotted frogs and other species native to the Pacific Northwest got some much-needed help recently as the Oregon Zoo Foundation awarded $25,000 to nine conservation efforts around the region through its Future for Wildlife grant program.

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