The Oregon Zoo's Amur tiger Mikhail turned 19 today, and keepers treated the big cat to a Halloween-themed birthday with assorted party favors and jack-o'-lanterns stuffed with delicious carnivore snacks.
Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn about wildlife Oct. 28-29, during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo, presented by Banfield Pet Hospital. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days and is free with zoo admission.
Thelma, a sea otter at the Oregon Zoo who survived into old age with one lung and continually beat the odds, was humanely euthanized Saturday following a decline due to complications related to her advanced years.
The Oregon Zoo drew praise from colleagues at zoos and aquariums across the continent this week, earning two prestigious awards from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums — one for conservation work on behalf of imperiled California condors and another recognizing excellence in exhibit design for Elephant Lands.
The Oregon Zoo will celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day on Saturday, Sept. 2, showcasing California condors, turkey vultures and other "master recyclers," and highlighting the critical role vultures play in ecosystems around the world.