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Wildlife workshop at zoo aims to get the lead out

Lead poisoning has been called one of the most preventable environmental health problems. Since the 1980s, lead has been eliminated from paint, gasoline and plumbing. The toxic metal remains a threat to wildlife however, and next week, experts will convene at the Oregon Zoo to determine how to get the lead out of Northwest animals.

Lace up Thanksgiving morning for zoo's annual Turkey Trot

The Oregon Zoo invites runners and walkers of all ages to its annual Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 28. The Thanksgiving Day event, organized by the Oregon Road Runners Club, includes a four-mile run and fitness walk, starting at 8 a.m., and a half-mile Tot Trot, beginning at 9:45 a.m. A portion of Turkey Trot proceeds will fund animal care and programs at the zoo.

Zoo finds homes for three rescued cougar orphans

While Neka's cubs have been getting most of the attention at the Oregon Zoo lately, another trio of lion cubs has quietly moved in behind the scenes at the zoo's veterinary medical center. Three young cougars found orphaned in southwest Oregon last week have been staying at the zoo temporarily while they await flights out of town this week en route to new, permanent homes in New York and Kansas.

Cougars get predatory with the help of a new enrichment device

Watching a cat on the hunt is always exhilarating, but especially when the cat weighs 150 pounds. At the Oregon Zoo, a new device — which involves a zipline, a spring and a frozen salmon — is helping keep cougars Paiute and Chinook fit by bringing out their explosive predatory instincts.

Zoo offers free Veterans Day admission for military

Active and retired military personnel and their families to be admitted free Nov. 11. The Oregon Zoo will mark Veterans Day by offering free admission on Monday, Nov. 11, for military veterans and active military personnel, as well as family members who accompany them to the zoo. Families of deployed military personnel also will be given free admission.

Zoo forecast: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of cubs

Neka's cubs have begun to explore the Oregon Zoo's outdoor lion habitat, but only for short periods and not according to a set schedule, officials said. While the cubs' official public debut may have to wait for spring when they're a little bigger and temperatures have started to rise, keepers took advantage of a couple warm, sunny afternoons this past week to get the young lions acquainted with their new space.

Oregon Zoo lion cubs now have names

The votes are in — more than 15,000 of them — and the 6-week-old lion cubs at the Oregon Zoo now have names instead of numbers. Following an online selection process that drew international attention to the zoo this past week, Neka's cubs will henceforth be known as Kamali, Zalika and Angalia.

Off the hook fun: Get out and about with salmon, trout

The salmon's annual return from the ocean might be the most iconic wildlife spectacle in the region. And at Metro's Oxbow Regional Park this weekend, during the annual Salmon Homecoming, visitors can get an up-close perspective on this Northwest phenomenon alongside the scenic Sandy River.

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