On Nov. 8, 2013, Zigzag the river otter was born at the Oregon Zoo. Weighing around a quarter of a pound, unable to see or walk, let alone swim, the pup was completely dependent on his mom, Tilly, for the first few months of his life.
With its oversized ears, everlasting baby face and gentle demeanor, the Borneo pygmy elephant is a cartoon come to life. But inherent cuteness has not been enough to save it from the threat of extinction.
The California condor breeding season is in full swing at the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation, and for the first time in the zoo's 12 years of breeding these critically endangered birds, staff have captured clear video from inside one of the nest boxes.
Twenty years ago, biologists could pretty much describe a polar bear's diet in two words: ringed seals. But as global warming continues to melt the Arctic sea ice — and with it, polar bears' access to the seals — the primary food source of this iconic and imperiled predator is becoming less and less available.