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Andean Condors Move to New Habitat at the Montgomery Zoo

Post Date:07/30/2019

Andean Condors Move to New Habitat at the Montgomery Zoo

The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum is excited to announce that the Andean Condors have moved to a new exhibit in the South American realm. Their new home will be located near the front entrance and Monkey Island.

Calling the Montgomery Zoo home since 1987, the two Andean Condors are growing more and more comfortable to the new, much larger, exhibit that contains features from their native habitat such as a water fall, trees, rocks, as well as, two nesting boxes.

About the Andean Condor

Andean condors (vulture gryphus) are massive birds, among the largest in the world that are able to fly. These birds prefer to live in windy areas where they can glide on air currents with little effort. They can weigh up to 33 pounds and have an enormous 10-foot wingspan and need the air currents to keep them aloft. Andean condors are found in mountainous regions, but also live near coasts replete with ocean breezes and even deserts that feature strong thermal air currents.

Condors are mostly black, but males have a distinctive white “collar” around their necks and some white markings on their wings as well. Like their relatives, the California condors, Andean condors have bald heads.

Condors are vultures and prefer to feast on the carcasses of large animals, which provide an important function as a natural clean-up crew. Condors have survived over 75 years in captivity. A mating pair produces only a single offspring every other year, and both parents must care for their young for a full year. Their population, in the wild, continues to decrease and they are listed as a threatened species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

 


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