Humboldt penguins, native to the South American coastline off of Chile and Peru, do not migrate like some of their seabird cousins. But don't tell that to the 25 Humboldt penguins who call the Oregon Zoo home.
At a meeting of the Metro Council today, the Oregon Zoo Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee praised Metro and zoo staff for their effectiveness in implementing a host of projects made possible by the community-supported bond measure.
A local conservation biologist has confirmed what millions of Oregon Zoo visitors have already seen: Elephant Lands, the visionary new home for this community's beloved pachyderm family, has stepped up the game when it comes to elephant welfare.
This morning, as he has done each year since his arrival in 2010, Takoda the black bear wowed zoo visitors and staff by climbing a 50-foot Douglas fir tree in his habitat to feast on the tasty new growth near the top.
The Oregon Zoo and its partners in conservation are asking Oregon's Congressional delegation to support the Recovering America's Wildlife Act, which would reallocate $1.3 billion in existing fee revenue to support underfunded non-game species programs.