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Who's your mama? Zoo animals vie for 'Mom of the Year' honors

The Oregon Zoo will be naming its 2013 Zoo Mother of the Year next week, and the public is invited to help choose the winner. Keepers have narrowed the field to three top-notch moms and are asking people to vote for their favorite on the zoo's website.

Zoo says goodbye to Citation, oldest zebra in U.S.

In her youth, she was so fleet-footed she was named for a famous racehorse, but age finally caught up to Citation the Damara zebra, who was euthanized at the Oregon Zoo Monday night. At 37, Citation had been the oldest zebra in the entire U.S. zoo population. "We knew this day was coming, but that doesn't make it easier," said keeper Diane Gould, who worked with Citation ever since the zebra's arrival in Portland 14 years ago. "She had a great personality — very easygoing. She was well liked by keepers and staff ... even the other animals."

Hail Augustus: Zoo's new De Brazza's monkey gets a name

The Oregon Zoo's new De Brazza's monkey finally has a name: Augustus. The youngster arrived — wide-eyed, blond and furry — more than a month ago, but his mom, Brooke, had kept him so close that keepers couldn't be sure of his gender until recently. Late-night keepers first spotted Augustus around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, and news of the baby spread quickly around the zoo.

Happy campers: Nike awards $10k to zoo nature program

The Oregon Zoo Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Nike Employee Grant Fund to help introduce low-income and minority youth to the benefits of outdoor camping and conservation, officials announced this week. The grant supports the zoo's Urban Nature Overnights program, which uses camping trips to teach recreation skills and basic environmental concepts to children who have not traditionally had access to outdoor experiences.

Zoo rescue operation saves endangered condor chick

The Oregon Zoo's newest spring arrival — a critically endangered California condor chick — hatched on April 11 at the zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation, but not without a little help. Zookeepers and veterinarians performed an emergency "assisted hatch," helping the little bird out of its egg and into the world. The chick had become stuck in the wrong position for hatching, unable to move inside its shell, and would not have survived much longer without the intervention.

Zoo chef, nutritionist prep healthy cake for Packy's party

Paul Bosch, the Oregon Zoo's new executive chef, may have worked for Elephants Delicatessen before, but he's never cooked for an actual elephant — until now. "I'm really looking forward to making Packy's 51st birthday cake," Bosch said. "It's always a little intimidating to cook for a celebrity, but we're trying some new things this year, and I think he's going to like it." Elephantastic, featuring Packy's 51st birthday party, takes place Sunday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free with zoo admission. Birthday cake for human party guests will be served at noon, courtesy of Lamb's Wilsonville Market. Packy receives his cake at 2 p.m., and visitors can join in singing a birthday song to the prestigious pachyderm as he chows down. For more information, visit

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.