Oregon Zoo Re-Hires Veterinarian Mitch Finnegan


The Oregon Zoo has re-hired Dr. Mitch Finnegan, the veterinarian fired by regional government Metro in the wake of the death of Sumatran orangutan Kutai. Metro fired Finnegan, along with zoo director Kim Smith, on May 5 after an investigation found that zoo leaders didn't report all the human errors around Kutai's death.Zoo officials now say Finnegan will return to animal care, while a new hire—Dr. ...   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 AARON MESH

Tom Hughes Says Packy Will Not Leave Oregon Zoo

Metro President rejects calls from animal activists to send elephant to a sanctuary.


Metro President Tom Hughes has told animal-rights activists he's rejecting their demands to send 52-year-old Oregon Zoo elephant Packy to a sanctuary. "I want to be clear on this point: we have no intention of moving Packy from the Oregon Zoo," Hughes wrote a trio of activists July 10. Jon Gramstad, Barbara Spears and Courtney Scott met with Hughes on June 25, as part of a campaign trying to pressure ...   More
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 AARON MESH

Oregon Zoo Veterinarian: "We Will Never Know" What Killed Six Endangered Monkeys

Summary report confirms stress after 50-hour van trip from Harvard.


Oregon Zoo officials released a report today saying "we will never know" what killed six endangered monkeys shipped to the zoo last month from Harvard Medical School.The summary report from zoo veterinarian Tim Storms comes five days after WW reported that postmortem examinations of the six cotton-top tamarins showed they probably died of shock. Nine tamarins were shipped from Harvard to the Oregon ...   More
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 AARON MESH

Oregon Zoo Monkeys Probably Died of Shock After Traveling 50 Hours in a Van

Keepers question whether living in plastic coolers contributed to tamarins' deaths.


The six cotton-top tamarins found dead at the Oregon Zoo last month probably died of stress-related shock after traveling for at least 50 hours in a van from the East Coast, zoo records say.Zoo officials then put the endangered monkeys in plastic picnic coolers with air holes cut in them at the zoo's veterinary facility—a practice questioned by primate keepers after six of the nine monkeys died May ...   More
Friday, June 13, 2014 AARON MESH

Harvard Medical School Says It's Not to Blame for Monkey Deaths At Oregon Zoo

Primate keeper suggests tamarins might have died from "off-gassing" in plastic coolers.


Harvard Medical School released a statement this afternoon, saying the endangered monkeys it shipped in a van to the Oregon Zoo "arrived safely and in good condition."Six of the nine cotton-top tamarins died in the zoo's quarantine on May 24. Documents first reported today by WW show the monkeys died after traveling more than 50 hours in a van, and spent their final days in plastic picnic coolers zoo ...   More
Friday, June 13, 2014 AARON MESH

Dr. Know: Animal Inmates?

Is it unethical to visit the Oregon Zoo?

Dr. Know
A zoo is a prison for animals who are guilty of nothing except being animals. Is it unethical to visit the Oregon Zoo? —Kevin S.  I’m flattered, Kevin, that you seem to think I can furrow   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Six Monkeys Die At Embattled Oregon Zoo

Spokesman cites "unknown causes"


More bad news for the Oregon Zoo, which recently fired its director and chief veterinarian after "sloppy" medical treatment led to the death of Kutai, a 230-pound orangutan.  Six newly-acquired monkeys were found dead in quarantine at the zoo's $8.8 million veterinary medical facility on May 25, three days after arriving at the zoo on loan from Harvard University. Jim Middaugh, a spokesman for ...   More
Thursday, May 29, 2014 AARON MESH

12 Mammals That Matter To the Oregon Zoo

It’s a beastly time at the state’s most popular tourist attraction. These political animals will determine its future.

Cover Story
To lose an orangutan was a setback. But to lose the orangutan, a zoo director, the chief veterinarian and the support of keepers—that’s a sign of serious trouble at the Oregon Zoo. Kutai,    More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 AARON MESH


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