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Zoo Vet

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Caring for animals has come a long way in the last 50 years. One Portland man played a large role in changing how zoos handle animals. You’ve probably never heard of Doctor Matt Maberry, but you know his most famous delivery: Packy, the elephant. Dr. Mayberry recalls his years at the Oregon Zoo as well as his work pioneering zoological animal care techniques.

First Broadcast: 2007
Producer: Vince Patton
Videographer: Nick Fisher, Tom Shrider
Editor: Nick Fisher
Video courtesy of: Oregon Zoo
Photos Courtesy of : Dr. Matt Maberry

Packy’s Birthday Video

This video from the Oregon Zoo’s archives shows rare footage of Packy’s birth in 1962, showing baby Packy and the attending crowds. Clips from this video were used in the Field Guide story.

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  • Since the late 1800’s, the Oregon Zoo has been promoting conservation.
  • Address: 4001 SW Canyon Rd. Portland, OR 97221-9704
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Lava Caves; Zoo Vet; Berry Botanic Garden (1904)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1904
Original Broadcast: October 25, 2007