The Oregon Zoo is proud to participate in International Vulture Awareness Day on Sept. 3.
Vultures play an extremely important role - recycling carrion, restricting the spread of some diseases and helping to control pests by reducing the availability of carcasses and waste.
Worldwide, vultures face threats that include habitat loss, power line collission and intentional poisoning by poachers who want to avoid detection. The greatest threat facing the California condor - one of the world's largest vultures - is lead poisoning.
International Vulture Awareness day events aim to educate the public about the critical role vultures play in ecosystems.