It's all over but the squawking. Hatching season is finally complete at the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation, where seven new California condor chicks are growing fast — a significant step forward in the recovery of this critically endangered species.
Nora the polar bear will be getting a new home and a new companion soon. The playful youngster will relocate to Utah's Hogle Zoo this fall, where caregivers plan to introduce her to another bear, Hope, who is about the same age.
African penguin populations are in trouble. Over the decades, commercial interests have harvested nearly all of the guano deposits they need for nesting, and the birds are struggling to raise their young.
In March, Oregon Zoo conservationists helped release more than 1,200 zoo-reared caterpillars on prairies in central Washington, bolstering populations of the imperiled Taylor's checkerspot butterfly where some of the region's best habitat remains.
Preliminary test results suggest Sung-Surin, a 34-year-old Asian elephant at the Oregon Zoo, is positive for tuberculosis, animal-care staff learned yesterday, and veterinarians are preparing to start her on an appropriate treatment regimen.
Eggs-citing times are in store Saturday, April 15, when the Oregon Zoo hosts its annual Rabbit Romp, a celebration of spring for all ages. Rabbit Romp is sponsored in part by the Oregon College Savings Plan and is free with regular zoo admission.