International Vulture Awareness Day
As scavengers, vultures help prevent the spread of disease and clean up the remains of many dead animals. They can truly be called; 'Nature's Clean-up Crew'!
Join us on Saturday, September 4 to learn about the critical role that vultures and condors play in their environments.
Activities will include:
- Watch in amazement as the vultures on our African Savanna enjoy a carcass feeding
- Check out Machu, one of our King Vultures, as he flies overhead at the Amphitheater
- Enjoy a Q&A session with our vulture expert
- Learn what you can do to help protect vultures and condors
The Phoenix Zoo is home to 6 species of vultures that call several areas of the Zoo home:
- Andean Condor – located on the Arizona Trail between the Coati and Bobcat
- Black Vulture – located on the Arizona Trail, between the Prairie dogs and the reptiles
- Turkey Vulture – also located on the Arizona Trail, between the Prairie dogs and the reptiles
- King Vulture – located on the Tropics Trail, across from Land of the Dragons
- Lappet-faced Vulture – located in the Savanna Exhibit on the Africa Trail
- Rüppell's Griffon Vulture – located in the Savanna Exhibit on the Africa Trail
We hope to see you on September 4, to celebrate the vultures at the Phoenix Zoo and all around the world!
Visit here for more information about vultures and other organizations participating in Vulture Awareness Day.