Oregon Zoos Mike Keele, a leading elephant expert, retires after nearly 42 years

Mike Keele was a 9-year-old Portlander when Packy was born in 1962.
Mike Keele was a 9-year-old Portlander when Packy was born in 1962.

2013-06-26 - Portland, United States
Keele, 60 and that community´s most longtime employee -- he´s been there for one-third of the zoo´s 125 years -- will retire Friday. The man who began his life´s work as a less-than-ambitious 18-year-old cleaning up after rats and armadillos, evolved with his zoo. It embraced changing animal welfare standards and a conservation ethic, while Keele rose to be a respected, no-nonsense leader in one of Portland´s signature institutions, and one of North America´s ...

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