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Summer nature programs explore 'PDX wilderness'

Looking for something new to do outside this summer? How about searching for owls by night, exploring a recently protected wetland area or learning to build a fire without matches? Beginning this weekend, nature lovers and not-so-outdoorsy types alike can experience the Oregon summer through a series of outdoor programs led by naturalists from the Oregon Zoo's education division.

Make way for ducklings: Northen shovelers hatch at zoo

Six downy puffballs — aka northern shoveler ducklings — hatched at the Oregon Zoo on Sunday, and they're already stealing the hearts of visitors. The sextuplet can be found shadowing their mother around the zoo's Cascade Marsh Aviary.

New 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.

Zoo tamarin update: Pathology reports inconclusive

In a summary report issued yesterday, Oregon Zoo veterinarian Tim Storms outlined the results of recent pathology tests, which were unable to conclusively determine the cause of death for six cotton-top tamarins that arrived at the zoo last month. Dr. Storms also provided an update on the three remaining tamarins, which he said are all doing well.

Rescued sea otter pup is almost ready for zoo debut

Oregon Zoo visitors might get to meet a new otter soon. Juno, the rescued sea otter pup who has been settling in behind the scenes at the Steller Cove habitat, had her first meet-up with one of the zoo's two elderly otters this week — and keepers say the pair got along swimmingly.

Trains leave station: new zoo route on track for fall debut

Two of the Oregon Zoo's historic train cars made their longest trips in half a decade this week. The Old West–inspired Centennial steam locomotive and the sleek, retro-modern Zooliner were transported by flatbed truck to Pacific Power Group's Ridgefield, Wash., headquarters Monday for repairs and refurbishing.

Vets to begin treatment as new test confirms Tusko's TB

Oregon Zoo veterinarians are preparing to begin an 18-month treatment regimen for Tusko, the 44-year-old male Asian elephant who has tested positive for tuberculosis, officials announced. A culture grown from Tusko's March trunk wash indicated a mycobacterial infection, and subsequent DNA analysis has now confirmed it as M. tuberculosis, the organism that causes TB.

Zoo elephants won't know where to find their next meal

Soon the Oregon Zoo's famous family of elephants won't know where their next meal is coming from. And that's a good thing, animal experts say. "In Southeast Asian range countries, elephants can spend up to 16 hours a day searching for food," said Bob Lee, the zoo's elephant curator. "They're eating throughout the day, getting lots of exercise — that's the kind of experience we thought about as we designed the new Elephant Lands habitat here at the zoo."

Zoo conservationists to go 'Bowling for Rhinos' June 21

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 25th year, is more important than ever.

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