News: elephants

Zoo sends ivory pieces to New York for crush

Under the supervision of Oregon Zoo security, zoo staff packed 250 pounds of elephant ivory into a crate last week and shipped it via "Custom Critical" FedEx to Manhattan. Now held by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, the pieces will be mixed in with another ton of confiscated ivory this morning and pulverized into unsalvageable, sand-sized particles.

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June 19, 2015

Elephant family reunion: Tusko rejoins Oregon Zoo herd

A chorus of chirps, trumpets and thunderous roars echoed through Forest Hall yesterday, as 44-year-old Tusko rejoined the Oregon Zoo elephant family for the first... Read More

June 12, 2015

Construction crews begin demo of zoo's old elephant barn

With the Oregon Zoo elephant family comfortably settled into the newly completed Forest Hall and North Meadow portions of Elephant Lands, construction crews this... Read More

June 9, 2015

Elephant Lands project earns 2 green building honors

The Oregon Zoo's efforts to improve animal welfare and sustainability — funded in large part through the community-supported 2008 zoo bond measure — drew major kudos... Read More

June 5, 2015

Zoo marks another big milestone for Elephant Lands

With construction on Elephant Lands, the Oregon Zoo's expansive new home for elephants, now in the homestretch, the milestones just keep coming.

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June 4, 2015

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... Read More

May 27, 2015