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COURTESY: KATHY STREET/OREGON ZOO - Winter, a female bontebok, represents a successful conservation story.
New resident

The Oregon Zoo has a new resident from a historically significant species.

Winter is a 3-year-old female bontebok, a species considered among the most beautiful of the African antelope. She has joined her herdmate, Karoo, in the African Savanna habitat. She is known for her striking coat and ringed horns.

"A couple of centuries ago, the bontebok was well on the way to extinction," says Laura Weiner, senior keeper for the zoo's Africa section. "The fact that they are here today shows what a difference people can make in helping wildlife."

Writes Matt Miller of The Nature Conservancy in his blog: The bontebok "deserves a place in the annals of conservation history. It is arguably the first African animal saved from human-caused extinction. Its rescue is flat-out one of the most dramatic conservation success stories anywhere."

Its story roughly parallels the American bison. Dutch settlers hunted the bontebok to near extinction in the 18th and 19th centuries, as they had been considered a pest to farmers, along with other antelope species.

Only 17 bontebok remained by 1837, protected by a fence. But farmers worked to sustain the herd. By the early 20th century, the species rebounded; there's a bontebok population of 2,500-3,000 currently.

Artists Rep season

Artists Repertory Theater has announced its 2018-19 season, which features seven contemporary plays and two bonus shows. Damaso Rodriguez, artistic director, describes the season as "theatrically exhilarating, yet grounded in emotional truth."

Single tickets are on sale at a discount through Wednesday, Aug. 8.

The lineup:

• "Skeleton Crew," Dominique Morisseau, Sept. 2-30

• "Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)," Split Britches (performed by Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw), Sept. 8-12

• "Small Mouth Sounds," Bess Wohl, Oct. 7-Nov. 4

• "Everybody," Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Nov. 25-Dec. 30

• "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," Joe Landry, Dec. 6-30

• "Teenage Dick," Mike Lew, Jan. 6-Feb. 3, 2019

• "A Doll's House, Part 2," Lucas Hnath, Jan. 27-March 3, 2019

• "Wolf Play," Hansol Jung, March 10-April 7, 2017

• "The Revolutionists," Lauren Gunderson, April 28-May 26, 2019

For full descriptions and info/tickets, see

Renowned composer

The New Yorker magazine has called her "one of the most successful women composers of all time," and now Joan Tower is coming to Oregon.

She'll serve as the 2018 composer in residence for the Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival, and she'll be in attendance for the first weekend, Aug. 11-12, at J. Christopher Wines in Newberg. Her works, along with those by Fanny Mendelssohn, Rebecca Clarke and Oregon's Kenji Bunch, will be played, along with Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert. The series continues Aug. 18-19 at J. Christopher Wines, Aug. 25 at Sokol Blosser Winery in Dayton, and Aug. 26 at Elk Cove Vineyards in Gaston.

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