Arts & Entertainment

Oregon Zoo holding 'Dine and Discover' on all things primates

PORTLAND -- The Oregon Zoo invites those curiosity seekers into the life and times of primates to take part in a dine and discussion event starting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5.

Zoo Director Tony Vecchio will engage dinner guests in a discussion about the social behaviors of primates from around the world.

"Tony's talk will highlight a variety of primates and how they interact in social groups (pairs, troops, harems)," Bill LaMarche, a zoo representative, told the Herald. "The animals that he will touch upon include chimps, gorillas, siamangs, baboons, macaques, muriquis, lorises, cotton-top and golden lion tamarins and angwantibos.

Vecchio, who was out of town and unavailable for comment, is a former primate keeper who studied their behavior at length, specifically Hamadryas baboons, LaMarche said.

The "Dine and Discover" event will be held in the zoo's Vista Room. Cost is $85 and includes a five-course dinner. Reservations can be made by calling 503-220-2492 or e-mail You must 21 or older to attend.

Proceeds from this year's Dine & Discover series will benefit the zoo's Predators of the Serengeti exhibit, which opens in 2009.

For more information about the dine and discover or other zoo events, go to or call 503-226-1561.

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