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Time for families, herds, prides to gather together

The holiday season is a time for family gatherings — even, it seems, for some of the best known animals at the Oregon Zoo. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Asian elephant Lily — who turns 1 on Nov. 30 — met her father, Tusko, for the first time, while Neka's 2-month-old African lion cubs have been scampering around their grassy Predators of the Serengeti habitat with "Auntie" Kya.

Winter break camps help kids connect nature, culture

Winter break is a great time for kids to connect with both nature and culture at the Oregon Zoo. This year's "ARcTic Adventure" day camps — held Dec. 30-31 and Jan. 2-3 at the zoo — will focus on animals and art, helping kids to develop their own artistic skills while learning about the animals at the zoo. Camps are intended for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Zoo previews future railway with new rendering

Exhibit designers released a sneak peek of the new Oregon Zoo railway today, giving the community its first look at a route optimized for spectacular views of animals and the annual winter ZooLights display starting in late 2014.

Two for Tilly: Oregon Zoo otter delivers her second baby

Tilly, a North American river otter at the Oregon Zoo, gave birth to another pup Nov. 8, her second this year. The new arrival weighed just shy of 5 ounces at birth and has nearly tripled that thanks to mom's naturally high-fat milk.

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.

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