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Zoo announces concert lineup, tickets go on sale April 25

Merle HaggardMerle Haggard recently turned 77. That same day, April 6, the Academy of Country Music awarded him its Crystal Milestone Award. Garth Brooks handed him the trophy and then George Strait and Miranda Lambert performed a medley of some of Haggard’s best songs. Merle Haggard is your favorite country singer’s favorite singer, a certified legend in a world where the word is overused, and he’ll be at the Oregon Zoo June 21, kicking off a summer’s worth of fantastic music.

At 52, 'elder statesman' Packy has his cake, eats it too

Packy and cakePacky, the oldest male Asian elephant in North America turned 52 today, and keepers presented the six-ton senior citizen with a cake to match the occasion: a 40-pound whole-wheat confection, frosted with buttercream and topped with carrots, bananas, apples and sweet potatoes.

California Condors land in Portland

Kaweah - California CondorOn Wednesday morning, two hydraulic doors opened inside the Oregon Zoo’s new Condors of the Columbia habitat following a cue from a keeper radio call: "Release the krakens." With a few wind-making wing beats, two massive birds flapped their way up to the highest perches in the habitat, and California condors — North America’s largest birds — can now officially be counted among the zoo’s residents.

'Elephantastic' event offers sneak peek at new zoo

Encounter HabitatElephantastic, the Oregon Zoo’s annual salute to pachyderms, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12 — and this year’s event offers a chance to see history in the making.

Nocturnal camera captures rare carnivore standoff

Chipangali Standoff

A rarely seen nocturnal encounter between a leopard and a brown hyena was photographed during a recent carnivore research project supported by the Oregon Zoo.

Executive chef of Oregon Convention Center, Portland Expo Center and Portland’5 Centers for the Arts earns ProChef III certification

Chef Allan WambaaPacificwild catering is proud to announce that chef Allan Wambaa has received one of the highest honors a professional in the culinary world can attain – ProChef III certification from the Culinary Institute of America.

Crews unearth Oregon Zoo history during 'Forest Hall' excavation

Forest Hall InteriorConstruction workers at the Oregon Zoo unearthed an enormous chunk of history last week, excavating and removing the Eisenhower-era concrete moat that had encircled the zoo’s elephant habitat from its 1959 opening until just around 20 years ago.

What’s the easiest way to get to Cirque du Soleil at the Portland Expo Center this weekend? Answer: TriMet

Officials at the Portland Expo Center are encouraging Cirque du Soleil patrons to take TriMet’s MAX Yellow Line this weekend to avoid risking traffic and parking delays due to a busy event schedule at the facility today through Sunday. 

Citizen-Oversight Group Praises Zoo Bond Implementation

Elephants at the ZooThe Oregon Zoo continues to deliver on promises made in 2008, when the region’s voters approved a $125 million zoo bond measure promoting animal welfare and sustainability, a citizen-oversight group reports. At a meeting of the Metro Council yesterday, the Oregon Zoo Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee commended Metro and zoo staff for their effectiveness in implementing a host of projects funded by the community-supported bond measure as well as for its responsiveness in addressing committee recommendations and questions.

Zoo vet, keepers help condor chick break out of shell

Endangered chick is reunited with parents after night with feather-duster ‘mom’

It’s been a busy week at the Oregon Zoo’s Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation. The first California condor chick of 2014 arrived Tuesday with quite a commotion — nearly jumping out of its eggshell and loudly announcing its presence to the world. The second chick — which hatched yesterday — arrived quietly and needed a little help.