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Oregon Zoo plans to double elephant population

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Oregon Zoo plans to more than double its elephant population in the next decade, and keep a second herd at a planned offsite reserve.

The Oregon Zoo is doubling down on its elephant-breeding program even as other zoos from Detroit to San Francisco cease to keep elephants at all, and controversy grows about how the animals are kept in captivity.

“We’ve always been very clear on our vision of breeding elephants,” says Oregon Zoo director Kim Smith.

But the decision also comes as the zoo finds itself under growing financial pressure. Attendance has dropped 6 percent since 2010.

Read more at Willamette Week.

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