News: elephants

Facts about Borneo elephant Chendra

Following the euthanasia of 54-year-old Asian elephant Packy, several groups have published misleading information online about another member of the Oregon Zoo herd, Chendra. Headlines such as "Don't Let Chendra Die Like Packy Did – Sign Petition to Send Her to Sanctuary" are sensationalized clickbait. They also detract from the real situation facing Borneo elephants, and the circumstances that brought Chendra here.

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February 22, 2017

Remembering Packy

Over the course of half a century, Asian elephant Packy inspired millions of Oregon Zoo visitors and taught us a great deal of what we know about elephant care. He... Read More

February 9, 2017

Zoo mourns Asian elephant Packy, oldest male of his species

Packy, who made headlines during the Kennedy era as the first elephant born in the Western Hemisphere in 44 years, was humanely euthanized at the Oregon Zoo today.... Read More

February 9, 2017

Can Borneo's elephants and palm oil industry coexist?

This month, Oregon Zoo elephant curator Bob Lee and elephant researcher Sharon Glaeser met with Sabah wildlife officials and conservationists about Borneo's "palm... Read More

December 22, 2016

Packy's TB treatment suspended; Zoo weighs next steps

Oregon Zoo animal-care staff have suspended tuberculosis treatment and are consulting outside experts as they consider next steps in caring for the elderly Asian... Read More

December 2, 2016

A home makeover for Washington Park train, elephants

Two of Washington Park's best-known residents — Peggy the train and Lily the elephant — received big home makeovers yesterday.

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November 16, 2016