News: animal welfare

Zoo vet, keepers help condor chick break out of shell

It's been a busy week at the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation. The first California condor chick of 2014 arrived Tuesday with quite a commotion — nearly jumping out of its eggshell and loudly announcing its presence to the world. The second chick — which hatched yesterday — arrived quietly and needed a little help.
Zookeepers and veterinarians performed an emergency assisted hatch, helping the little bird out of its egg and into the world by carefully snipping open sections of the shell. The chick had become stuck in the wrong position for hatching, unable to move inside its shell, and would not have survived without the intervention.

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March 21, 2014

Tiny, loudmouthed condor chick is first hatch of season

The first California condor chick of the season hatched this morning at the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation, and keepers say the young bird... Read More

March 18, 2014

Zoo-assisted project aims to keep condors unleaded

High on a cliff face in Big Sur, condor No. 340 — the first of 26 Oregon Zoo-hatched California condors to be released in the wild since 2005 — perches with his wild... Read More

March 17, 2014

African lion cubs venture out with dad for first time

He's a 500-pound mega-carnivore capable of pulling a buffalo to the ground, but Zawadi Mungu now plays a new role: cat toy.

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March 6, 2014

True grit: Zoo searches world for perfect 'elephant sand'

When Rose-Tu, Lily and the rest of Portland's elephant family ambled into a portion of their new digs at the Oregon Zoo this week, they were taking a big step into... Read More

February 26, 2014

Giant steps: Big milestone for zoo Elephant Lands project

Construction of the $57 million Elephant Lands, the most ambitious project in Oregon Zoo history, reached a milestone Feb. 21, as crews completed work on what's now... Read More

February 26, 2014