by: MICHAEL DURHAM, COURTESY OF OREGON ZOO - The African wild dog is one of the Oregon Zoo's species that will be highlighted on Endangered Species DayMore than 50 of the 230 or so species living at the Oregon Zoo are endangered or threatened.

In honor of Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 16, the zoo at Portland’s Washington Park will celebrate these creatures and raise awareness about their fight for survival.

Zoo visitors can visit six key exhibits from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., where zoo staff and volunteers will be present to discuss the importance of breeding endangered species and how to help them survive.

Three also will be scheduled zookeeper talks on the following species:

• Sumatran orangutans, 11 a.m.

• Western pond turtles, 11:30 a.m.

• California condors, 12:30 p.m.

• Malayan sun bears, 1 p.m.

• African wild dogs, 1:30 p.m.

• Humboldt penguins, 2:15 p.m.

The Oregon Zoo has been involved in several projects to help native Northwest species recover, including the Oregon silverspot butterfly, Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly, Oregon spotted frog, Western pond turtle and Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits.

“Worldwide, passionate individuals are dedicating their lives to fighting extinction, resolving human-wildlife conflict and protecting habitat,” says Dr. David Shepherdson, the zoo’s deputy conservation manager. “Every visitor that walks through the Oregon Zoo’s gates helps in these efforts, whether it’s through activism, education or supporting the zoo’s conservation efforts.”


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