With a wingspan of over ten feet, the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) is an impressive scavenger bird that figures prominently in Andean culture and mythology, and plays a critical role in the ecological balance of the Patagonia coast and Andes mountains. Unfortunately, this magnificent bird faces extinction challenges throughout its extensive range in South America, and is listed as ‘Near Threatened’ by the IUCN. Habitat loss, illegal hunting, and environmental toxins all combine to threaten the species’ long-term survival. Lack of data on the bird’s range and ecology also hampers the implementation of conservation strategies.
To address these issues, ZCOG is working with the Fundación BioAndina (FBA) and the Buenos Aires Zoo on a collaborative, multi-institution conservation and research initiative designed to captive-breed and re-introduce condor populations in their former range. The Andean Condor Conservation Program (PCCA), under the leadership of Luis Jacomé, has spearheaded innovation in Andean condor captive-rearing, rescue, and rehabilitation; developed new release and monitoring methodologies; and promoted conservation education and local community partnerships.
ZCOG serves as the administrative, financial management, and North American fundraising agency for this program, and has helped outfit a remote research station in Argentine Patagonia, purchase critical research equipment, and acquire satellite monitoring data.
Photos courtesy of Fundación BioAndina-Argentina..
YOU CAN HELP SAVE THE ANDEAN CONDOR!
FROM THE FIELD
Click on the below-listed links to learn more about the Andean Condor Conservation Program.
HOW TO HELP
Support is needed to protect the Andean condor and its habitat, and you can help make a difference!
DONATE NOW. Your contribution will be used to purchase GPS transmitters and sateliite data to help monitor condors reintroduced to the wild.
Encourage your zoo to dedicate a Quarters for Conservation kiosk to raise funds for the Andean Condor Conservation Program. CLICK HERE to see how facilities like the Greenville Zoo are already contributing to our efforts in this manner.
BECOME A PROGRAM SUPPORTER and receive an opportunity to host the 'Return of the Condor" mixed-media art exhibit at your facility. The one-of-a-kind exhibit, which has already been displayed at art galeries and nature centers throughout Argentina, contains photographs, paintings and other works of art that document the reintroduction Andean condors back to the wild and celebrate the cultural practices of indigenous communities that revere the condor as a sacred messenger of nature.
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