Portland, December 4th. “It was never in question for this calf,” explained Oregon Zoo director Kim Smith. “(She) was always going to live here.” The calf is the property of a private company, Have Trunk Will Travel, of Perris, California. But, zoo officials says they will retain possession of the country’s newest baby elephant, a 300-pound female pachyderm that hasn’t yet been named, though it won’t own the animal.
Oregon Zoo elephant keepers are asking the community to help them choose a name for the week-old female elephant calf. Keepers have come up with five names and are asking people to vote for their favorite on the zoo’s website: www.oregonzoo.org.
•Jaidee (Thai for “good-hearted”) •Sirikit (name for Thai royalty, literal meaning is “glorious”) •Rakhi (Sanskrit for “love/bond between siblings”) •Lily (following the flower theme of mom’s name, Rose-Tu, or Rose for short) •Siddhi (Sanskrit for “perfection”; wife of Ganesha)
“The outpouring support for the zoo and its newest resident has been incredible,” said Kim Smith, zoo director. “Rose-Tu and her calf are doing well. They’re bonding and comfortable with each other. Now it’s time to give the calf a name that suits her.”
Keepers are considering the following five names:
Jaidee (Thai for “good-hearted”)
Sirikit (name for Thai royalty, literal meaning is “glorious”)
Rakhi (Sanskrit for “love/bond between siblings”)
Lily (following the flower theme of mom’s name, Rose-Tu, or Rose for short)
Siddhi (Sanskrit for “perfection”; wife of Ganesha)
Votes will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. The zoo will announce the winning name on Monday, Dec. 10. Here’s a video of the mother and daughter.
The Asian elephant calf, born Nov. 30 at 2:17 a.m., weighed a hefty 300 pounds at birth and has been described by zoo animal-care staff as a “spitfire.”
“The calf is beautiful, healthy, tall and very vigorous,” said Kim Smith, Oregon Zoo director. “As soon as she hit the ground — before she was even out of the amniotic sac — she was wiggling. And she’s vocalizing loudly. The first time we heard her, the sound was so deep and loud that we thought it was Shine. She’s definitely got a great set of pipes, and it looks like she’s going to be a real pistol.”
Smith said the calf is nursing well, and that Rose-Tu has been very attentive to her — great signs that their bond will be a strong one.
“Our keepers and veterinary staff have put an extraordinary amount of work and care into helping Rose-Tu bring her baby into the world,” Smith added. “The time spent training and preparing has paid off, and the outcome is exactly the one we’d hoped for: Rose is safe and healthy, and she has a beautiful newborn calf. Now that the baby’s here, we’re all excited to watch her bond with Rose-Tu and take her place in the herd.”
It might still take a little time before the new baby is ready for visitors though.
“The main thing determining that will be the strength of the bond between Rose-Tu and the calf,” said Bob Lee, the zoo’s elephant curator. “Rose should allow the calf to nurse regularly, sleep, play and generally act like a calf without trying to stop it and control its movements. Then we’ll determine whether she’s calm and comfortable with staff around. And finally, we want to make sure the calf has had a chance to bond with the rest of the herd.”
The Oregon Zoo is recognized worldwide for its successful breeding program for Asian elephants, which has now spanned 50 years. Rose-Tu’s mother, Me-Tu, was the second elephant born at the zoo (just months after Packy in 1962), and her grandmother, Rosy, was the first elephant ever to live in Oregon.
Asian elephants are considered highly endangered in their range countries, threatened by habitat loss and conflict with humans. Perhaps fewer than 40,000 elephants remain in fragmented populations from India to Borneo.
The Oregon Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, whose species survival plan for Asian elephants is striving to establish a self-sustaining population in North America.
The zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on Asian elephants, polar bears, orangutans and giant pandas. The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs.
The zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Call TriMet Customer Service, 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit www.trimet.org for fare and route information.
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available at www.oregonzoo.org or by calling 503-226-1561.
Aloha, OR., August 28th. Jay and Bill Haas set a record for lowest Umpqua Bank Challenge score at 26-under-par. Bill Haas shot 12-under par (60) on his own ball for the day, setting The Reserve North Course course record. (The Umpqua Bank Challenge tournament is a two-day one-net best-ball contest.) More than 10,000 spectators attended the three-day event at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha. The first Umpqua Bank Challenge in 2011 raised $100,000 for its charitable partners: Randall Children’s Hospital and the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Oregon.
Lee Trevino was a favorite. He’s a 52-year member of the PGA TOUR who has amassed 29 TOUR victories, including six major championships.
In 1986, PGA TOUR professional and Northwest-native Peter Jacobsen started the then Fred Meyer Challenge with the goal of combining professional golf, competition, and fun for the spectators and players alike. In 2011 the Umpqua Bank Challenge followed.
Here are some additional results from the tournament:
Tournament host Peter Jacobsen, along with teammate and fan-favorite Lee Trevino, ended the tournament in seventh place with a final score of nine-under-par.
Here’s a video of amusing highlights from Peter Jacobsen’s Challenge Clinic.
Former NFL quarterback and Portland-native Joey Harrington, along with amateur teammates Don Antonucci, Kyle Dean, Trent Green and Stacy Nicholson, won the tournament’s Pro-Am with a score of 34-under-par 110. LPGA Tour pro and Big Break X contestant Amber Prange led her team to second place, followed by the team paired with PGA TOUR pro Jason Gore.
Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel strives to provide top-quality, compassionate and family-friendly medical care to Oregon children. To learn more about Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, visit their website.
Established in 1990, the “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Oregon focuses on helping low-income kids reach success in school and college by supporting students at an early age, providing them with long-term relationships with caring adults, giving them academic and personal/social support services and by creating a “culture of college” around them. To learn more about the “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Oregon, visit their website.
Forest Grove, July 30th. Over 150 people participated in a summer celebrity golf tournament. They were part of the two day celebration hosted by KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer to benefit Pacific University Athletics. The 2012 Pacific University Legends Classic, hosted by the Beaverton native, grossed more than $360,000 to benefit the University’s 21-sport NCAA Division III athletics program. The Golf event was held July 30 at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha.
Robby Krieger’s group was ready for action.
Mike Bellotti lead a group on the course.
LPGA standouts Stephanie Louden visited with Tommy Masters.
Brian Henninger joined in the fun.
This was NASCAR legend Geoff Bodine’s group.
The Don Felder golf quintet joined in the spirited celebration.
Joining Thayer in supporting Pacific athletics in the two-day event were PGA professionals Casey Martin, Brian Henninger, and Tommy Masters; LPGA standouts Stephanie Louden, Paige Mackenzie, and Perry Swenson; former Portland Trail Blazers Bobby Gross and Jerome Kersey; NASCAR legend Geoff Bodine, former Oregon football coach and ESPN analyst Mike Bellotti and former Major League Baseball player Richie Sexson. Shauna Parsons, anchor of Fox 12 Oregon’s Ten ‘O Clock News, served as master of ceremonies for Sunday’s dinner, auction, and concert.
Forest Grove, July 29th. An all-star cast from the worlds of music and sports helped KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer put together another successful fundraiser for Pacific University Athletics. The 2012 Pacific University Legends Classic, hosted by the Beaverton native, grossed more than $360,000 to benefit the University’s 21-sport NCAA Division III athletics program. The event was held at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha.
Night Ranger front man Jack Blades
Former Oregon football coach and ESPN analyst Mike Bellotti and Colleen Bellotti
The silent auction was popular.
Music brought many together to support Tommy Thayer, who shared the stage with Robby Krieger from the Doors.
Tommy Thayer got the crowd excited during the live auction.
Friends included second from the left, original Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine, Tommy Thayer and legendary guitarist Robby Krieger from The Doors
The energetic crowd enjoyed a rocking night of music with over 20 celebrities from the worlds of music, sports and entertainment. More than 350 people attended the dinner, auction, and concert. The benefit concert brought together a hall of fame lineup of some greats from the world of music. Joining Thayer on stage were Night Ranger front man Jack Blades and drummer Kelly Keagy, the Eagles’ original lead guitarist, Don Felder; legendary guitarist Robby Krieger from the Doors, original Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine, country musician/comedian Gary Mule Deer and acclaimed Portland-based jazz saxophonist Patrick Lamb.
Tommy & Amber Thayer
“It was another magical event,” said Thayer. “I sincerely thank everyone who made the 2012 Legends Classic such a great success. I am looking forward to another exciting event in 2013.”
Other highlights of the 2012 Pacific University Legends Classic included:
• A special appeal during the live auction raised over $64,000 for the Boxer Learning Center, a state-of-the-art audio-visual learning in the University’s Stoller Center. Featuring the latest interactive video technology, the center will allow Pacific teams to review game tape, watch live video and strategize for success.
• Joining Thayer in supporting Pacific athletics in the two-day event were PGA professionals Casey Martin, Brian Henninger, and Tommy Masters; LPGA standouts Stephanie Louden, Paige Mackenzie, and Perry Swenson; former Portland Trail Blazers Bobby Gross and Jerome Kersey; NASCAR legend Geoff Bodine, former Oregon football coach and ESPN analyst Mike Bellotti and former Major League Baseball player Richie Sexson. Shauna Parsons, anchor of Fox 12 Oregon’s Ten ‘O Clock News, served as master of ceremonies for Sunday’s dinner, auction, and concert.
• Terry Boyd and Ron Callan of KPAM-AM 860 broadcast both of their shows live from the tournament on Monday, which included interviews with most of the event’s celebrity guests.
Pacific University enrolls 3,302 students, who represent all 50 states and 23 foreign countries. The University strives to provide an education of exceptional quality in liberal arts and sciences and selected professional programs, in preparing students for service to a changing community, nation, and world. The video below offers more information about the University.
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