International Vulture Day Celebration 2017
In honor of International Vulture Awareness Day, we’re celebrating these charismatic and often misunderstood birds with a full weekend of learning and fun. Discover more about the very important role these carrion eaters play in food webs around the world, plus learn how the Zoo is helping to save the iconic California condor and other endangered vultures.
Biofacts Station: Did you know that vultures play a key part in keeping ecosystems healthy? Visit this station to find out how.
Vulture Visit: Enjoy a special appearance by Dolly the California condor or Cacique the king vulture at the Hawk Talk stage.
Bird Show Stars: Flock to the World of Birds Show Theater for a special program highlighting some of our remarkable resident vultures at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
And don’t miss…
California Condor Rescue Zone: Be sure to visit this educational, interactive, air-conditioned space where children ages six and older can pretend to be a condor or play at being a vulture-saving doctor. This is also the one place where you can see our California condors—which are not on exhibit—via live video feeds.
International Vulture Awareness Day – Home Page: More than 100 organizations worldwide participate in International Vulture Awareness Day! See the list here.
Andean Condor: The Andean condor is one of the world’s largest flying birds. Learn more about these birds and visit our resident Andean condor, Leadbottom.
Black Vulture: Black vultures are the most common vulture in the Western Hemisphere. Discover more about their distribution and their unique family ties.
King Vulture: The king vulture was seen by the ancient Mayans as a messenger between gods and humans. Visit these colorful carrion-eaters in the South America section.
Soaring With Condors (Part I): Shell Game: The L.A. Zoo has played a key role in rehabilitating the endangered California condor. Find out how Zoo staff contribute to the California Condor Recovery Program.