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Oregon Zoo’s youngest elephant, Samudra, turns 4 years old

The Oregon Zoo's youngest elephant, Samudra, turns 4 years old Thursday, Aug. 23, and keepers say the popular pachyderm has done quite a bit of growing up this past year. Like many 4-year-olds, Samudra is active and inquisitive, loves to play in water, and prefers fruit to vegetables, according to keepers. But after a few years of depending on his mother for milk and being nurtured by his "aunties," he is now nearly weaned — a necessity with Rose-Tu's second baby on the way — and he has also received some life lessons in what it means to be a bull.

Zoo hosts orangutan conservation workshop

The Oregon Zoo is hosting the sixth annual Orangutan Species Survival Plan workshop Aug. 20-23, bringing some of the world's leading experts to Portland to address issues facing orangutans, both in the wild and in zoos, with a heavy emphasis on conservation.

Zoo will say goodbye to its beloved gray wolves

In August the wolves will be departing for the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari in Omaha, Neb. — part of the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium — as the Oregon Zoo prepares for work on a vastly expanded home for its Asian elephant herd. The new elephant area will stretch over much of the meadows and forests along the zoo's eastern edge, and there will no longer be room for a sufficiently engaging wolf habitat.

Summer nearly over for endangered Northwest turtles

After one of the rainiest Junes on record and a relatively cool July, Portlanders may feel like summer's just getting under way. But for seven western pond turtles reared at the Oregon Zoo, a nearly yearlong stretch of warm days and nights will soon be drawing to an end.

Zoo pygmy rabbit recovery effort ends July 19

The Oregon Zoo's 12-year effort to save the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit will draw to a close on Thursday, July 19, when the zoo releases its last 14 breeding rabbits and their offspring at the Sagebrush Flat Wildlife Area in eastern Washington.

Rose-Tu's pregnancy enters the home stretch

Let the countdown begin. Asian elephant Rose-Tu has reached the last stage of her pregnancy, according to Oregon Zoo animal-care staff, leaving behind what in human terms would be considered the "golden" second trimester and marching trunk-first into the home stretch.

Zoo challenges geocachers to find hidden surprises

If you notice Oregon Zoo visitors looking down at their GPS devices instead of up at the animals, don't be surprised. Since the zoo joined millions of people worldwide in the game of geocaching this spring, some visitors have been almost as interested in finding the zoo's caches as its cats.

Tusko is zoo 'Father of the Year'

The Oregon Zoo has named Tusko the Asian elephant its 2012 Father of the Year. As his offspring, Samudra, grows up and begins to wean, Tusko has been taking on the fatherly responsibility of showing him the ropes of adult life in the herd, keepers say.