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Oregon Zoo Has New Director

Dec. 28, 2009 10:22 a.m.

Metro announced Monday that the Oregon Zoo has a new director.


Oregon Zoo Free On Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 26, 2008 4:12 p.m.

Oregon Zoo officials are opening their gates Thursday for a free day.

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Oregon Zoo Opens Lion Cub Naming To A Vote

Oct. 2, 2014 11 p.m.

Oregon Zoo officials want help naming three feisty lion cubs born three weeks ago. So they've suggested  two names for each animal, and set up an online ballot.


Metro Pushing The Limits With 'Temporary' Workers At Oregon Zoo

Aug. 14, 2014 3:55 a.m.

When you visit the Oregon Zoo, many of the people you interact with, from the woman who takes your ticket to the man who sprinkles the sugar on your elephant ear, are temporary workers.

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Oregon Zoo Polar Bears Celebrate 30th

Dec. 1, 2014 11:12 p.m.

The Oregon Zoo polar bears, Conrad and Tasul, celebrated their 30th birthday on Monday.

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Oregon Zoo Polar Bears Celebrate Turning 30 Years Old

Dec. 1, 2014 10:56 p.m.

Today's cold weather seemed to be perfect for the Oregon Zoo's polar bears' 30th birthday. Twins, Conrad and Tasul, celebrated with plenty of treats and toys.

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Oregon Zoo's Lion Cubs Have Some Winter Playtime

Nov. 20, 2014 10:54 p.m.

The Oregon Zoo's lion cubs braved the cold for some playtime when Portland temperatures warmed up a little bit this week.


Oregon Zoo Euthanizes Lion Cub After Discovering Injury

Sept. 12, 2014 11:27 p.m.

The Zoo says lion mothers sometimes harm their cubs, but the lioness Kya hadn't displayed any aggressive behavior.


Oregon Zoo Rehires Vet Fired After Orangutan Death

July 17, 2014 12:05 a.m.

The Oregon Zoo has rehired a veteran veterinarian who was fired in May after an investigation faulted him for not reporting human errors that contributed to the death of an orangutan named Kutai.

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Oregon Zoo Hires Three New Veterinarians

June 2, 2014 10:34 p.m.

The Oregon Zoo has hired three new veterinarians in advance of a visit next month by the standards and practices group, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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Should Packy Stay At The Oregon Zoo?

April 11, 2014 7:40 p.m.

As the Oregon Zoo celebrates the 52nd birthday of Packy the elephant, an animal rights group says it's time to send him to live in an elephant sanctuary.

Oregon Field Guide

Zoo Workers

Aug. 30, 2007 8:30 p.m.

Meet the dedicated team of vets at the Oregon Zoo as they face a challenging work day.

Oregon Field Guide


July 17, 2008 8:30 p.m.

An Oregon Zoo program will introduce more California Condors into the wild.

Oregon Art Beat

Rama, The Painting Elephant

May 20, 2004 5 p.m.

Rama, an elephant at the Oregon Zoo elephant, uses his trunk to make paintings.


Win Femi Kuti tickets!

July 1, 2010 10:20 p.m.

Femi Kuti plays the Oregon Zoo Friday night, and we're giving away tickets. Read on to find out how to enter.


Steve Berlin's Five Song Serenade

Aug. 16, 2013 9:40 p.m.

Best known as a part of Los Lobos, the multi-instrumentalist has also been increasingly visible as a producer in recent years. He joined us ahead of Los Lobos' recent show at the Oregon Zoo for the latest in our guest DJ series.

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A Hard Look At Elephants In Captivity

Dec. 5, 2012 8:30 p.m.

Editor's Note: Both the Oregon Zoo and the Have Trunk Will Travel company have made it clear that the newborn baby elephant will remain at the zoo. In light of this development, our segment today will take a broader look at elephants living and breeding in captivity. The Seattle Times has published a contract (pdf) between the Oregon Zoo and a compay called Have Trunk Will Travel which stipluates that the baby elephant born at the zoo Friday does not actually belong to the zoo. The female baby's mother, Rose-Tu, is owned by the zoo but her father, Tusko, belongs to Have Trunk Will Travel. According to the contract, the second, fourth and sixth offspring of the pachyderm couple belong to the company, as of 30 days after their birth. The calf born Friday is their second.  A statement from the Oregon Zoo says,

It is true that, per the contract, Have Trunk Will Travel is designated the official owner once the calf has lived 30 days, but that does not mean they take possession of her.

Oregon Field Guide

Zoo Vet

Oct. 25, 2007 8:30 p.m.

Meet a Portland man who played a large role in changing how zoos handle animals.

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TOL Goes to the Zoo

Feb. 10, 2011 5 p.m.

1962 was a big year for the Oregon Zoo. A 225 lb baby was born — a baby elephant named Packy. The birth of this "precocious pachyderm" as he was often called, launched the zoo (then called the Portland Zoological Gardens) into the national spotlight because he was the first elephant born in the Western Hemisphere in over 44 years. That year baby Packy drew a record number of visitors to the zoo — more than 1.2 million. Today Packy is close to an elephant senior citizen. He'll turn 49 this spring. Most elephants live to be 60 to 70 years old. The man who helped bring him into the world — the zoo's first veterinarian — Matthew Maberry, has written a book with his wife Patricia that chronicles Packy's story, simply called, Packy & Me.

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Monica Drake's The Stud Book

April 9, 2013 7:30 p.m.

Portland author Monica Drake says she drew on her experience interning at the Oregon Zoo for one of the storylines in her new novel, The Stud Book. She worked on charting the baby elephants' behavior every 45 seconds. Sarah, one of the book's main characters, struggles with infertility in her personal life, even as she is surrounded by reproducing animals and zoo patrons who seem to be teeming with offspring.  Drake says the themes that emerge as her characters lives unfold include an implicit questioning of how we decide whether and when to reproduce. The snow leopard for instance, will not reproduce unless there is adequate room to roam and hunt. She says the issues of population growth are at once global and deeply personal — both in real life and for the characters in The Stud Book. Oregon Art Beat profiled Drake after her first book, Clown Girl, was published.

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