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Five Humboldt penguin chicks hatch at Oregon Zoo

The spring baby boom continues: Five new hatchlings have joined the Oregon Zoo's 18 adult Humboldt penguins over the past month — the first penguin chicks to hatch at the zoo in four years. During hatching season, zookeepers routinely check the progress of brooding penguin parents, briefly removing eggs from nest boxes each day to make sure they are fertile and in good condition. And this year, one of the eggs presented keepers with a rare opportunity: the chance to watch a Humboldt penguin chick as it first emerges from its shell.

Oregon Zoo sponsors lecture by polar bear expert

Every Arctic autumn, pregnant polar bears excavate a tunnel in the snow to serve as their over-winter maternity ward. When spring arrives, they emerge with cubs and a huge appetite. This remarkable process — called denning — allows vulnerable infant bears to be born into one of the harshest environments on earth. But as climate change transforms the Arctic, mother bears are being forced to adjust where and when they den. Will their maternal strategies adapt fast enough?

Out like a lion: zoo smashes March attendance records

The Oregon Zoo shattered attendance records in March, as nearly 160,000 visitors flocked to the park to see new additions like pink flamingos, a baby DeBrazza's monkey and a river otter pup just learning to swim. This week, the zoo's monthly discount day offers a chance to see more animals for less. Second Tuesday is tomorrow, April 9, and admission is just $4.

Just say 'Mo': Zoo's baby river otter gets a name

After several weeks of consideration, keepers at the Oregon Zoo have settled on a name for the new baby river otter. The pup will be called Molalla, or Mo for short, named after the Oregon river.

As spring break nears, flamingos are set to 'flock this way'

No need to book that trip to Miami: For spring break this year, locals can get their flamingo fix at the Oregon Zoo. This morning, 21 lesser flamingos waded into the newly remodeled Africa Rainforest aviary, where the pink birds can be seen by zoo visitors starting March 23.

Newborn De Brazza's monkey debuts at Oregon Zoo

A baby De Brazza's monkey was born at the Oregon Zoo over the weekend. Late-night keepers first saw the new arrival around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 24. The mom, 22-year-old Brooke, has been keeping her newborn close, and the zoo's animal-care staff has yet to determine the baby's gender.

International experts call for polar bear emergency plans

Although the world's largest land carnivore is capable of devouring nearly anything it encounters — from whales to lemmings — it cannot survive indefinitely without seals. To hunt seals, polar bears depend on sea-ice. But as climate change keeps the Arctic ice-free for increasingly longer periods, the predators are struggling to find enough prey, and data shows that a single year of prolonged warmth could spell disaster for entire sub-populations of the species. Now, an international team of experts is urging wildlife managers to devise game plans for dealing with the inevitable: a mass polar bear starvation event.

Zoo condors Ojai, Malibu and Squapuni lay first eggs of season

California condors are laying the groundwork for species recovery one egg at a time. The first three eggs of the 2013 breeding season arrived at the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation over the past week. Malibu laid the first egg Feb. 14, Ojai laid the second yesterday afternoon, and Squapuni laid the third this morning.

He's got game: Sea otter keeps fit by shooting hoops

Trail Blazers' rookie Damian Lillard isn't the only local hoops star to make a splash this season. Oregon Zoo marine life keepers say Eddie the sea otter can dunk with the best of them and just might have the highest shooting percentage in town.

Oregon Zoo welcomes new male baby river otter

Look out, Lily: A 12-ounce newcomer is eyeing your title as the Oregon Zoo's most adorable baby. Or at least he will be, once he opens his eyes. Tilly, one of the zoo's two North American river otters, gave birth to a male pup Jan. 28 — the first river otter to be born at the Oregon Zoo. The new arrival weighed just over 4 ounces at birth and has already tripled that due to his mother's naturally high-fat milk. Keepers have yet to decide on a name for the pup, though it is likely he will be named after a local river or waterway.

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