The Oregon Zoo Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Nike Employee Grant Fund to help introduce low-income and minority youth to the benefits of outdoor camping and conservation, officials announced this week.
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The Oregon Zoo finalized a $400,000 deal this week with Have Trunk Will Travel to buy out a contract with that California-based outfit, which loaned Tusko to the zoo.
The Metro Council confirmed today that the Ringside Steakhouse – an eastside institution since 1979 – will continue operations at the Glendoveer Golf Course and Tennis Center.
Metro will acknowledge Veterans Day by offering free admission to Metro parks and the Oregon Zoo for military veterans and active military personnel, as well as family members who accompany them. Families of deployed military personnel also will be given free admission.
Metro has begun discussions with CourseCo, a leading West Coast golf course operator, to negotiate a contract to manage the regionally-owned Glendoveer Golf Course and Tennis Center.
Beloved Asian elephant, a Portland icon, hits the half-century mark this April
In preparation for Packy’s 50th birthday celebration April 14, the Oregon Zoo is seeking the public’s help in tracking down and sharing early memories of the beloved pachyderm.
Packy, a Portland icon, made international news in 1962 as the first elephant born in the Western Hemisphere in 44 years. The big event happened shortly before 6 a.m. on April 14, and news about the 225-pound baby spread rapidly. Newspapers and radio stations around the world announced the birth, and Life magazine covered the event with an 11-page spread describing "The Nativity of Packy." Gifts flooded the zoo –– everything from gold-plated safety pins to hand-knitted baby clothing to an elephant-sized quilt –– and visitors flocked to see the new pachyderm.
As Packy’s 50th birthday approaches, the zoo is working to preserve his history and would like to augment its visual records from Packy’s early years.
"We know visitors love Packy and the rest of the zoo’s Asian elephant herd," said Kim Smith, zoo director. "We’re hoping some of their experiences from the past 50 years are saved on film, and that they’re willing to share memorabilia and stories with us. I’d especially love to hear from anyone who knows about Packy’s quilt."
Smith said a visitor told her about a quilt that had been made for Packy when he was a baby, and she is hopeful someone can supply more information, pictures of the quilt, or perhaps even the quilt itself. The zoo is also seeking old home movies, film footage, slides, photos, postcards, View-Master reels, newspaper clippings, magazine articles or other memorabilia relating to Packy’s early years.
The zoo hopes to display some of these materials during Packy’s birthday celebration and eventually place them in a permanent historical archive. Copies will be accepted in addition to original materials. Donations may be sent to the Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221, in care of Packy’s Birthday.
The zoo is also seeking stories from or about anyone who shares a birthday with Packy (April 14, 1962) — same date, same year or both. Stories and remembrances may be posted to the zoo’s Facebook page, e-mailed to email@example.com or sent to the Oregon Zoo using the above address. The zoo may use some of these stories on its website or to help publicize the April celebration.
For questions regarding donations, contributions or Packy stories, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Packy is now the oldest male Asian elephant in North America, and one of the largest, standing 10 feet 6 inches tall at the shoulder and tipping the scales at around 12,500 pounds. He has fathered seven calves, including 28-year-old Sung-Surin ("Shine") and Rama, both of whom currently live at the zoo.
Endangered birds produce sixth egg of season at zoo’s off-site facility.
After 16 months of careful construction and equipment installation, the Oregon Zoo's new Veterinary Medical Center will open its doors on Thursday, Jan. 19. The public can peek inside Jan. 20-22, when the zoo will offer behind-the-scenes tours.
On Dec. 8, 2011, Metro Council approved funding to construct an 18-hole disc golf course at Metro’s Blue Lake Regional Park. The course design will be the first gold-level disc golf course in the Portland metropolitan area.
Leftovers, schmeftovers! Throughout the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, Oregon Zoo animals will gobble their way through their very own Beast Feast, a cornucopia of enrichment activities and treats aimed at stimulating their minds and stomachs.