Live Review: "Weird Al" Yankovic at Oregon Zoo, 9/5


There are people who think “Weird Al” Yankovic is a hack. People who think he’s a silly novelty act with no real talent or cultural value of his own. Those people were not at the Oregon Zoo on Saturday night.As protesters outside begged Weird Al to save the elephants, he opened his tight, well-choreographed show with “Tacky,” his take on Pharrell Williams’ awful earworm “Happy,” ...   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

5 Suggested Parodies For Weird Al’s Next Album

Top 5
1. “I Really Like Tofu” (to the tune of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You”) VIDEO CONCEPT: Al, dressed in tie-dye, shorts and sandals, his hair tied back in a bun, runs wild through a W   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Oregon Zoo Euthanizes Rama the Elephant, Famed for His Paintings


The Oregon Zoo has euthanized 31-year-old elephant Rama, saying his pain from a 25-year-old leg injury had worsened in recent weeks."The treatments that had been successful for many years were no longer easing his discomfort," interim zoo director Teri Dresler wrote zoo staff this afternoon, "and so—with sadness and compassion—our animal-care staff decided the most humane course of action was to ...   More
Monday, March 30, 2015 by Aaron Mesh

Portland Thunder Owner Terry Emmert Sells the Oregon Zoo a Dead Water Buffalo

It was a $2,800 lunch for the zoo's African lions.


What do you give the zoo that has everything? A dead water buffalo. That’s the unusual offer Clackamas County heavy-hauling magnate Terry Emmert made the Oregon Zoo this month. Emmert owns the Portland Thunder arena football team and a herd of more than 400 water buffalo he raises outside Oregon City and sells as meat to restaurants.  Two weeks ago, Emmert sold the zoo a water buffalo, slaughtered ...   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Still Learning From “Marge Vs. The Monorail.”

Botched anesthesia at the Oregon Zoo contributed to the death of Sumatran orangutan Kutai in January—and triggered an investigation and the firing of zoo director Kim Smith (“12 Mammals That   More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Oregon Zoo's Three Surviving Tamarins are "Alert and Chatty"


The Oregon Zoo garnered unwelcome attention this spring when six endangered cotton-top tamarins died in quarantine after traveling 50 hours in a van from Harvard Medical School.News media have focused less on the fates of the three surviving monkeys, including an infant. WW checked in on the those tamarins by filing a request under Oregon public records law for the internal zoo reports tracking their ...   More
Thursday, July 31, 2014 AARON MESH

Murmurs: News That's Always Alert and Chatty

A former Portland resident who says he was tortured in the United Arab Emirates in 2011 at the behest of the U.S. government has been denied asylum in Sweden. Yonas Fikre, a Muslim from Oregon,    More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 WW Staff

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


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