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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.

Testing the waters at Oregon Zoo's Elephant Lands

Things are going swimmingly at the Oregon Zoo's expansive new Elephant Lands habitat. On Saturday, a new 160,000-gallon pool for pachyderms passed its most important test — the Lily Test — as the exuberant 3-year-old and her mom, Rose-Tu, enjoyed their first splash in this state-of-the-art swimming hole.

Zoo marks b-day of oldest male polar bear and his twin sis

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the popular brother-and-sister pair turn 31 — quite old for polar bears — and keepers will throw a birthday party at 10 a.m. that day with treats and enrichment items that encourage the bears to exercise and think critically.

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