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International Tiger Day events planned at zoo

Eloise Ogden/MDN Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot has Amur tigers. On Monday, the zoo will observe International Tiger day with various activities.

Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot will observe International Tiger Day on Monday with special activities from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

International Tiger day, also called Global Tiger Day, is a celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation, held annually on July 29.

The Minot zoo’s two Amur tigers (once known as Siberian tigers) are considered an endangered species, according to zoo information. They are one of the largest cats in the world.

Nicole Barnhart, the zoo’s Education, Conservation and Outreach coordinator, said there will be free face painting, “Bubbles & Chock” activity so kids can make a mark for tigers on the ground, turn a paper plate into a tiger mask and a photo booth station to take photos with props.

A new feature will be having visitors help paint an enrichment for the tigers, Barnhart said.

Submitted Photo Those attending International Tiger Day at Roosevelt Park Zoo, Minot, will be able to help with a project to paint orange, black and white colors on this tiger made out of boxes and paper-mached together. Later it will be given to animals as enrichment.

She said there will also be an information station where visitors can learn about tiger endangerment and how North Dakotans and others can help.

– Eloise Ogden

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