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When Chendra met Samson: new arrival gets to know herd

Visitors might hear some enthusiastic trumpeting around the Oregon Zoo this week as the resident Asian elephant family greets Samson, its newest member. After an acclimation period behind the scenes, the 8,000-pound pachyderm ventured into Elephant Lands on his own last week, and now caregivers are introducing him to his new herdmates, starting with Chendra.

Samson marks his birthday with a stroll, swim in Elephant Lands

Samson, the newest member of the Oregon Zoo elephant family, is having a big birthday. He celebrated his 20th year this morning with his first trip into Elephant Lands' south habitat — exploring the grounds, checking out some interactive feeders, and topping it off with an inaugural dip in the pool.

A tale of 2 kitties: Zoo, Banfield Pet Hospital open new catio

A pair of frisky felines has taken up residence at the Oregon Zoo. Their new home, the Family Farm Catio, gives visitors a chance to meet the zoo's cuddliest residents, learn how to create a catio environment at home and maybe even adopt a cat of their own.

Elephant Samudra enjoys sunny weather with a pool party

After a long, cold winter, spring has finally sprung at the Oregon Zoo, and one resident in particular is diving in headfirst — trunk and all. Samudra, the 9-year-old adolescent male of the Asian elephant family, made a splash today in the pool at Elephant Lands.

Transforming the heart of the zoo, thanks to you

This summer, you'll see construction fences go up and old buildings come down as the first steps to replacing outdated facilities with new expansive and stimulating habitats for primates, polar bears and rhinos.