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

Headout: We Got the Beasts

Who do the Oregon Zoo’s rock-’n’-roll animals dig more: Huey Lewis, The B-52s or the Go-Go’s?

The animals of the Oregon Zoo might as well be living in Guantanamo Bay—or at least in the town from Footloose. Within the animals’ gilded cages, rock ’n’ roll is contraband: A sign at the   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Packy the Elephant "So Depressed" He Won't Communicate With Psychic

"He can't even connect with us," an animal-rights activist says


Packy, the Oregon Zoo's iconic Asian elephant, turns 51 this Sunday. That's a milestone of middle age that could make anybody gloomy.But Packy's blues may go deeper than that.A vocal contingent has argued for years that Packy, the first elephant born in captivity in the modern era, is wildly unhappy. They cite his chronic foot problems and compulsive head-bobbing. When it sought a $125 million bond ...   More
Friday, April 12, 2013 AARON MESH


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