Having managed to get rid of long-time staff and replacing them with young folks, Metro Oregon Zoo has no institutional memory to draw upon. So they don't know what works and what doesn't, but they'll just try to wing it.
That was on display this evening when KGW ran a story on giraffe and mentioned that nobody at the zoo could recall the last time a calf was born there. These are supposed to be experts? I know a guy who spent over 30 years working with giraffe there, and he could tell them exactly when the last calves were born (and where they were sent). But he's older, and that's bad, so he had to scoot before they ginned up some reason to get rid of him.
They can't get rid of someone because they're older folks with a lot of experience and institutional knowledge, but they want mostly younger girls to "educate" visitors - animal knowledge and experience are way down the list of things that are important there. So they'll come up with something - anything - that might push the experienced folks to bunch it.
And this is what they end up with: cute girls who accidentally cut part of the tail off a lion because the door was closed too quickly, and stuff like that. Oh, no worries; no consequences. It was "education time" after all. There was a show to be done.
And when was the last time a giraffe was born there? Gee, nobody knows.
They may not know much, but by golly, they'll "educate" visitors.
That's beyond pathetic.
Want to know some history, or how to deal with hoofstock? Talk to Richard. He lives in Alaska now, but he has a phone.