News: arrivals and departures

All aboard! Free rides this weekend as zoo train returns

The Washington Park and Zoo Railway will take on its first passengers in more than a year this weekend. Officially, the train won't resume operations until ZooLights opens Nov. 28, but the zoo is inviting visitors to ride the rails for free during regular daytime hours on Nov. 22 and 23.

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November 20, 2014

Fall forecast: Cloudy with a slight chance of cubs

Kya's cubs have begun to explore the outdoor lion habitat at the Oregon Zoo, but only for short periods and not according to a set schedule, animal-care staff said... Read More

November 19, 2014

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... Read More

November 12, 2014

Locomotives return; New route on track for Nov. debut

Folks on their daily commute along I-5 or Highway 26 this morning may have been surprised to see an old-fashioned steam locomotive zipping along in the lane next to... Read More

October 23, 2014

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... Read More

October 14, 2014

Lion update: Kya's cubs now have names

The votes are in — more than 10,700 of them — and the month-old lion cubs at the Oregon Zoo now have names instead of numbers. Following an online selection process... Read More

October 10, 2014