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Shine has TB standard

Shine is the 4th elephant to contract TB at the Oregon Zoo. First Rama, then Packy, then Tusko–all came down with TB, and now all three are dead. With Shine, it means Packy’s entire family at the zoo was inflicted with this disease. Rama was Packy’s son and Shine is his daughter. Shine will now be quarantined and isolated from the herd, which is especially hard on female elephants who are highly social and need other elephants as company. It calls into question just how safe the protocols are to protect the elephants at the zoo. I

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Spring Fling Bake Sale & Social May 6 standard

Join us in supporting Prince who was born in 1987 at the Oregon Zoo. At 16 months, he was sold to Ringling Brothers Circus. He eventually made it to PAWS in 2011. All proceeds of this event go to PAWS to help with the cost of Prince’s care and to support Free the Oregon Zoo Elephant’s mission to: End captive breeding; Halt the acquistion of elephants from the wild; Free the elephants to sanctuaries Join on Facebook

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Rally to Remember Packy April 15 standard

Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants (FOZE) and IDA (In Defense of Animals) invite you to join us in remembering Packy on what would have been his 55th birthday. We believe the best way to honor Packy is by telling the truth about his life. For all of his 54 years, he never had the opportunity to live his life as the wild bull elephant he was born to be. He suffered the deprivations of captivity, including long periods of isolation and a myriad of zoo-related physical conditions and illnesses, including TB. Elephants never forget. And we will never forget this iconic elephant who inspired us to fight for his freedom and the freedom of all the Oregon Zoo elephants. And ...

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Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s letter and Carol Buckley’s statement in honor of Packy standard

Dame Daphne Sheldrick, founder of of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya, has her hands full rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned baby elephants. But she kindly took the time to write a letter to Metro, the Oregon Zoo and the Oregon Zoo Foundation to express her sadness over Packy’s untimely death and to advocate to free Chendra in his honor. Thank you Dame Daphne, you are a true hero to the elephants…everywhere. Read Dame Daphne’s  letter Read all celebrity letters for the elephants Carol Buckley, Founder, President and CEO of Elephant Aid International sent a heartfelt statement about Packy. “Packy’s life and death has brought to the surface an upheaval of human empathy for captive-held elephants, their propagation, their incarceration ...

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RIP Packy standard

At 5:30am on Thursday, February 9, 2017, Packy, the Oregon Zoo’s 54-year old senior elephant, was injected with a lethal drug and shortly later, he died. Why was Packy put down? We believe as his keeper stated who posted on a dedicated Facebook Page that the decision to end Packy’s life was  “..not based on science, safety or Packy’s best interest. It is a risk based decision made by politicians, attorneys and other officials who fear the future repercussions of keeping him alive.” We are seeking the truth about Packy’s untimely zoothanasia. We have requested clinical records from Metro and will post whatever information we find. We believe that this is a crime and it needs to be investigated. But as ...

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