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2014's top 10 stories of conservation, cuteness

From grouchy lions to tiny bear cubs, 2014 was a big year for conservation, animal welfare and general adorableness at the Oregon Zoo. Here's a look back at this year's 10 most memorable zoo stories.

Zoo hacks: 4 pro tips for a luminous ZooLights experience

This year marks the 27th ZooLights for Ratcliff, who started working at the zoo in 1982 and has been involved with the light display since its inception. We checked in with him and gleaned these four tips to save money, avoid lines and get the most enjoyment out of your ZooLights experience.

Red-headed stranger from Texas moves in at Oregon Zoo

Inji, the Oregon Zoo's geriatric orangutan matriarch, can expect some rejuvenating company soon. Kumar, a "spunky" male orang from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, arrived in Portland last week and will be joining Inji and the zoo's white-cheeked gibbons at Red Ape Reserve sometime in the next few months.

Zoo names new veterinary hospital manager

The Oregon Zoo has a new veterinary hospital manager. Kristin Spring, formerly the head surgery technician at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, was named to the newly created position last week following a national search.

Trick or meat: zoo tiger celebrates Halloween birthday

The Oregon Zoo's aging Amur tiger Mikhail turns 16 this Friday, and keepers plan to treat the big cat to a Halloween-themed birthday bounty: black and orange crepe paper, a cardboard "pumpkin patch," assorted party favors and, of course, lots of pumpkins — some carved into jack-o'-lanterns and stuffed with delicious carnivore snacks. Mik — looking appropriate for the season in his customary orange and black stripes — will receive his goodies at 10:31 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Swat team: Kya's cubs show some 'apex predator attitude'

They look like fuzzy, spotted plush toys, so cute you'd like to hold them close and cuddle. But at just 5 weeks old, three African lion cubs born at the Oregon Zoo last month are already practicing the skills that will make them among the most fearsome predators on the planet.

22 easy ways to help tigers, bumblebees and other wildlife

Stop poachers with a smartphone, save salmon with baking soda and protect penguins with a car key. This week, the Oregon Zoo launched "Small Actions," an innovative digital how-to guide that empowers everyone to become a wildlife defender.