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Houston Zoo elephant death raises questions about viruses and health

Published 11/17/08
By Bill Murphy
Source: Houston Chronicle

Last week's death of Mac, a 2-year-old Asian elephant, at the Houston Zoo again puts the spotlight on the ability of zoos to safely care for elephants. As the article points out, "None of the 14 calves conceived by the zoos's elephants during the last 25 years is alive today."

With 10 zoo elephant deaths in 2008, and increasing incidents of the untreatable elephant herpes virus, the zoo industry has a lot of questions to answer.

Zoo a hot spot for fatal elephant Virus
Bill Murphy
The Houston Chronicle

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