Tusk, But Verify

The Oregon Zoo told voters it needed $125 million to make more room for elephants. It’s also making more elephants.

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In August 2008, Oregon Zoo elephant Rose-Tu gave birth to her first calf, Samudra—as if right on cue for the zoo to make a big request...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 AARON MESH

How Much Will the Oregon Zoo Have to Pay for Rose-Tu's Baby Elephant?


Furor over revelations that the Oregon Zoo traded away ownership of a newborn elephant was soothed somewhat last night by the California traveling show that will own the calf saying it has no plans to take her away.  But a breeding contract between Have Trunk Will Travel and the Houston Zoo suggests that the Oregon Zoo will have to pay through the nose if it wants to buy the baby elephant back.The ...   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Elephant Calf Confusion at Oregon Zoo

Can we use an electric prod on zoo officials?

Oregon Zoo officials are trying to explain away their misleading and false statements after the embarrassing news the zoo’s new baby elephant actually belongs to a California traveling elephant    More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

California Company That Owns Rose-Tu's Calf Rents Elephants for Parades and Weddings


The Oregon Zoo is promising to keep its newest elephant after embarrassing revelations by The Seattle Times that the zoo had long ago traded away rights to Rose-Tu's newborn calf to a traveling elephant show.Officials held a press conference this morning to respond to the Times' story, which cites a 2005 contract between the zoo and Have Trunk Will Travel. In the agreement, the zoo agreed to breed ...   More
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Zoo Traded Away Rose-Tu's Calf to Group that Allegedly Abuses Elephants

elephant beating

Have Trunk Will Travel, the real owner of the Oregon Zoo's new baby elephant, has faced accusations from Animal Defenders International that it has repeatedly abused its animals.ADI last year posted a video that allegedly shows a trainer for the traveling elephant troupe using an electric prod to deal with one of its animals. The video also shows trainers repeatedly striking the animals with a stick. ...   More
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

California Traveling Show Owns Rights to Rose-Tu's Baby Elephant


 The Seattle Times' investigation of elephant breeding practices at zoos has uncovered a bombshell: The Oregon Zoo signed a contract that gives ownership of elephant Rose-Tu's newborn calf to a California-based traveling show that rents out elephants for weddings and movie shoots.Times reporter Michael J. Berens writes that the female calf born to Rose-Tu on Nov. 30 is the property of "a controversial ...   More
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Seattle Times Reports Elephants Dying Out in Zoos—Especially Babies


Not so fast with the elephant birthday party. Two days after Asian elephant Rose-Tu gave birth to a 300-pound baby girl at the Oregon Zoo—the third elephant born in captivity nationwide this year—The Seattle Times unleashed a devastating two-part investigative series charging that elephants are dying out in zoos, despite a coordinated strategy of aggressive breeding and crisis-management public ...   More
Monday, December 3, 2012 AARON MESH

Admit It: You Want to Look at Pictures of Rose-Tu's Baby Elephant


 Go ahead! Nothing to be ashamed of! It's Friday! Your boss will understand! All photographs by Michael Durham and courtesy of the Oregon Zoo, which is celebrating Rose-Tu's 300-pound baby girl.Rose-Tu and her daughter at the Oregon Zoo. The public will be asked to help pick a name for Rose-Tu's baby after zoo officials make a list. The baby elephant was born at 2:17 this morning.You want video? ...   More
Friday, November 30, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Headout: November of the Penguins

Meet the new penguinarium’s coolest residents.

The penguins have come home to roost at the Oregon Zoo. After two years of shivering next to the polar bear exhibit (“They could definitely hear the bears through the walls,” says birdkeeper M   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Birth Control at the Oregon Zoo

The Oregon Zoo has a national reputation for its success at breeding Asian elephants and California condors. Zoo curator Chris Pfefferkorn has an additional responsibility that gets far less attention: preventing chimpanzees, lions, gazelles and giraffes from procreating.  While there is a national shortage of elephants and condors, there is an abundance of other zoo animals and limited room to ...   More
Friday, August 10, 2012 SAM STITES


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