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.

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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

Botched Anesthesia Likely Caused Death of Kutai the Orangutan


The lung hemorrhage that killed Oregon Zoo orangutan Kutai in January was likely caused by a failure to monitor his anesthesia during surgery, according to veterinary reports released this morning by Metro.Regional planning agency Metro fired zoo director Kim Smith and chief veterinarian Mitch Finnegan on Monday. Officials announced Thursday that the firings were a direct result of Kutai's death.The ...   More
Friday, May 9, 2014 AARON MESH

Metro Says It Fired Oregon Zoo Director Over Death of Orangutan


Officials at Metro announced this morning that the director and chief veterinarian at the Oregon Zoo were fired for negligence in the death of a 20-year-old orangutan.The Sumatran orangutan, Kutai, died in January after a monthlong illness. Metro, the regional planning agency that oversees the zoo, says that it investigated his death and found "lapses in procedures and protocols were tolerated."The ...   More
Thursday, May 8, 2014 AARON MESH

Oregon Zoo Director and Top Veterinarian Both Out


The Oregon Zoo's director and its chief veterinarian are both out of a job.Regional planning agency Metro, which runs the zoo, announced this afternoon that Oregon Zoo director Kim Smith and chief veterinarian Mitch Finnegan are no longer employed there. General Manager of Metro Visitor Venues Teri Dresler is taking over zoo operations, Metro spokesman Jim Middaugh confirms to WW."It's Metro policy ...   More
Monday, May 5, 2014 by Aaron Mesh

Metro President Tom Hughes Says He'll Seek Reelection


Metro President Tom Hughes says he is seeking reelection, making him one of the first local candidates to plant a flag in next year's races. In his first three years atop the regional planning agency, Hughes, the former mayor of Hillsboro, championed a successful campaign for a $10 million property-tax levy to upgrade and maintain Metro parklands, and dealt with the fallout from revelations a newborn ...   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AARON MESH


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