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May 5, 2008 – Alyne Fortgang, Co-founder of Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants (FOWPZE) was told by a zoo employee in management, who name is being withheld for legal purposes, that Watoto, the African elephant housed at WPZ, has herpes and is being treated with huge doses of Famciclovir. Famciclovir is used to treat herpes virus.

Hansa died from herpes on June 8, 2007. Woodland Park Zoo has stated that very little is known about the herpes disease. Dr. Laura Richman, who discovered the herpes strain that killed Hansa is of the world’s leading expert on herpes viruses. “Hansa would have gotten it from another elephant,” Richman said. “Hansa had not left Woodland Park Zoo since she was born, which suggests the virus was passed from one of the zoo’s other elephants, either her mother, Chai, or Watoto or Bamboo.”

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2 Responses to “Zoo manager states elephant Watoto has herpes”

  1. Carwyn on 20 Jul 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    Umm…in case you Narn guys hadn’t heard (which is odd ‘cos everyone else has by now), the employee who’s been giving you all your elephant inside information was fired from the zoo a while ago for not doing their job and, when they did do it, doing it badly. And they didn’t actually work with the elephants, they worked somewhere else in the zoo.

  2. admin on 20 Jul 2008 at 6:02 pm #

    All information on this site has been verified by documentation either gathered from WPZ records via public records requests, from published articles, or from federal government documentation.

    Information received from various zoo “insiders” is not released to the public without documentation to back it up.

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