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Elephant Lands project earns 2 green building honors

The Oregon Zoo's efforts to improve animal welfare and sustainability — funded in large part through the community-supported 2008 zoo bond measure — drew major kudos this week, as the zoo received two high-profile honors in four days for green building at Elephant Lands.

Game helps kids be wildlife-friendly tech consumers

Cell phones, laptops and other such devices are a way of life in our modern world — chances are you're reading this on one now. But there's a hidden cost to all this connectivity and convenience: the production, use and disposal of personal electronic devices can be devastating to wildlife around the world, damaging habitats and exposing people and animals to hazardous materials.

Change-averse Packy moves into huge new elephant barn

After six days, 400 pounds of carrots, a ton of sweet potatoes and an equal measure of encouraging words, the famously change-averse Packy finally ambled into the new indoor portion of Elephant Lands yesterday — one week behind the rest of the Oregon Zoo elephant family, but right on time as far as keepers were concerned.

Zoo conservationists to go Bowling for Rhinos June 13

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 26th year, is more important than ever.

'UNO' celebrates 15 years of bringing kids to nature

Since launching in 2000, UNO has provided camping trips for 4,561 urban youths, and school-year programming for 1,054 urban youths. The program, designed to actively engage historically under-represented Portland area youth in outdoor recreation and conservation, is a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and other community partners.

Zoo enlists visitors' help to protect endangered species

Of the roughly 230 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates living at the zoo, more than 50 are endangered or threatened. On Saturday, May 16, the zoo will celebrate these creatures while raising awareness about the struggles they face in observance of Endangered Species Day.

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