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Zoo bear sports high-tech neckwear for conservation

Tasul, an Oregon Zoo polar bear, recently landed her first white-collar job: research assistant for the U.S. Geological Survey. Her assignment: wearing a high-tech collar to help solve a climate change mystery.

Zoo extends hours during 'Sunset at the Zoo' festivities

Over the course of four Wednesdays this summer, the Oregon Zoo is offering visitors a little something extra: Sunset at the Zoo, free with regular zoo admission, features extended evening hours packed with live music and entertainment, activities for kids and the chance to get to know animals active during twilight hours.

Zoo Foundation welcomes four new board members

Four new members with impressive résumés and a passion for wildlife have joined the Oregon Zoo Foundation's board of directors, officials announced. Public affairs specialist Deborah Herron, groundbreaking politician Jessica Vega Pederson, development expert Sigrid Button, and banking professional Peter Norman all were elected to the OZF board in June, and are ready to jump into the foundation's many projects in support of the Oregon Zoo.

Columbia Gorge pika watchers mobilize for summer season

Hike the Columbia Gorge this summer and piping from the rocks you might hear something that sounds like a squeak toy on steroids. It's the alarm call of the American pika alerting other pikas to your presence. To biologists, though, it's the absence of that call that's sounding the alarm.

Sunset at the Zoo returns with jazz nod to years gone by

In 1979, the zoo launched its first summer concert series: an eight-week run of outdoor jazz and classical shows billed as "Your Zoo and All That Jazz." First to hit the stage that year was a quartet led by bebop master Mel Brown — and, with a tip of the porkpie hat to those jazzy roots, the Oregon Zoo will be welcoming Brown back on July 10 to help kick off this summer's Sunset at the Zoo events.

Zoo welcomes summer with bear awareness activities

The Oregon Zoo is welcoming summer with a special bear awareness day June 22.At 11 a.m., keepers will be placing a campsite (minus the campers) right in the middle of Black Bear Ridge for the zoo's four black bears — Dale, Cubby, Tuff and Takoda — to ransack.

NW Natural's paperless billing program to benefit zoo

NW Natural customers who sign up to receive their bills electronically by the end of next month can also help support the Oregon Zoo. The Oregon Zoo Foundation — the private nonprofit fundraising arm of the zoo — was selected as one of four environmentally focused groups to win a portion of $25,000 donated by NW Natural shareholders.

Junior Grange Kids make donation to zoo's family farm

Before visiting the Oregon Zoo's Trillium Creek Family Farm on Thursday, 15 Oregon State Junior Grangers, ages 5 to 14, presented a donation of $1,366 to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to support the zoo's activities and educational efforts.

Zoo's Humboldt penguin chicks get into the swim of things

The five new Humboldt penguin chicks that hatched at the Oregon Zoo this spring have begun to emerge from their nest boxes and explore their surroundings, keepers say. The young penguins are easy to identify: they are gray all over and lack the black-and-white markings of adult Humboldts — notably the distinctive horseshoe-shaped band in the chest area.

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