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ZOO CELEBRATES 128 YEARS TODAY

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The Oregon Zoo, formerly the Washington Park Zoo is located in the 
city of Portland. It opened in 1888 after a private animal collector
named Richard Knight donated his animals. It is the oldest North
American zoo west of the Mississippi.

By 1894, there were over 300 animals in the zoo’s collection. In
1925, the zoo moved to the site of the present Portland Japanese
Garden, still within Washington Park. Its current site opened on
July 3, 1959.

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Rosy the Asian elephant was acquired by the zoo in 1953.



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WILDLIFE SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1963

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Original run on CBS: January 6, 1963 – 1971.

The program was syndicated from 1971 to 1988, and was revived in 2002. The
show’s second incarnation currently airs on Animal Planet.

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Perkins was host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom from 1963 to 1985. He
was also director of the New York Zoo in Buffalo, N.Y., the Lincoln Park Zoo
in Chicago and the St. Louis Zoo. He died in 1986 at age 81.

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PORTLAND ELEPHANT IS 51 TODAY!

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April 15, 1962

A Oregon Zoo post card from 1962 (then the Portland Zoological Gardens) celebrating the birth of asian elephant Packy.
Mother Belle with baby Packy

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Portland’s Asian elephant  Packy is the first elephant to be born in the
Western Hemisphere and is the tallest and oldest male in the U.S. His
mother, Belle, came from Thailand and died, April 22, 1997 and his
father was Thonglaw, he was born in Cambodia and died November
25, 1974.

 

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Packy’s first birthday party

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