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International Vulture Awareness Day 2018

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International Vulture Awareness Day

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Join us for International Vulture Awareness Day, where we’re celebrating these charismatic and often misunderstood birds with fascinating activities and special entertainment. Discover more about the very important role carrion eaters play in food webs around the world, and learn how the Zoo is helping to save the iconic California condor and other endangered vultures.

Saving Vultures in Africa

The L.A. Zoo is proud to partner with other accredited institutions on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) action plan dedicated to protecting African vultures in the wild. “African and Asian vulture populations are plummeting out of control,” says L.A. Zoo Curator of Birds Mike Maxcy. “The main goal of the action plan is to improve the status of five species… in at least 25 percent of their African range by 2020.” Reaching this ambitious goal requires a lot of hard work by dedicated experts. It also requires public awareness and support, which is “critical to the success of this program,” Maxcy says. “That’s why events like International Vulture Awareness Day… are so important.”

Learn More

“A California Condor Success Story”: Meet L.A. Zoo California condor Anyapa, her species’ first successful single surrogate mother, who recently raised two chicks simultaneously. It’s rare for a condor to care for offspring without a partner. But Anyapa does it, thanks to a special bond with one of the Zoo’s animal keepers.

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 them 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. Visit our blog to find out how Zoo staff contribute to the California Condor Recovery Program.

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