News: elephants

Change-averse Packy moves into huge new elephant barn

After six days, 400 pounds of carrots, a ton of sweet potatoes and an equal measure of encouraging words, the famously change-averse Packy finally ambled into the new indoor portion of Elephant Lands yesterday — one week behind the rest of the Oregon Zoo elephant family, but right on time as far as keepers were concerned.

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May 27, 2015

Elephant family moves into huge indoor digs

Construction of the $57 million Elephant Lands, the most ambitious project in zoo history, reached a big milestone yesterday as crews completed work on the new... Read More

May 19, 2015

Zoo looks back as Elephant Lands nears completion

Construction of Elephant Lands — the fourth of eight major projects funded by a community-supported zoo bond measure in 2008 — will reach a major turning point this... Read More

April 29, 2015

Thousands flock to zoo to 'test-drive' new Elephant Lands

More than 4,000 visitors showed up at the Oregon Zoo today for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to “test drive” a section of Elephant Lands before Lily, Samudra and the... Read More

April 27, 2015

Someone left a cake out in the rain, and Packy destroyed it

Famed Asian elephant Packy — the oldest male of his species on the continent — turned 53 today, and keepers presented the six-ton senior citizen with a cake to match... Read More

April 14, 2015

Zoo says goodbye to beloved Asian elephant Rama

Rama, a 31-year-old Asian elephant known for his sweet disposition and Jackson Pollock-like painting technique, was humanely euthanized at the Oregon Zoo today after... Read More

March 30, 2015