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MEDIA ADVISORY: CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL VULTURE AWARENESS DAY
Contact: Linda Hardwick, PR & Marketing Manager, Phoenix Zoo, 602.663.3254
Date: August 31, 2010
MEDIA ADVISORY: CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL VULTURE AWARENESS DAY AT THE PHOENIX ZOO
WHAT:Join us as we celebrate 'Nature's Clean-up Crew'; vultures! The Phoenix Zoo is home to six species of vultures; Andean Condor, Black, Turkey, King, Lappet-faced and the Ruppell's Griffon vulture. Activities will take place scattered throughout the Zoo and include:
- Watch in amazement as the vultures on our African Savanna enjoy a feeding frenzy.
- Check out Machu, one of our King vultures, as he flies overhead at the Amphitheater at 10:30 a.m.
- Enjoy a Q&A session with our vulture expert and learn what you can do to help protect vultures and condors.
WHEN: Saturday, September 4, 2010 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activity times vary
WHERE: Phoenix Zoo ( 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008)
WHO: International Vulture Awareness Day activities are included in general admission price into the Zoo.
WHY:Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction. The International Vulture Awareness Day has grown from Vulture Awareness Days run by the Birds of Prey Working Group in South Africa and the Hawk Conservancy Trust in England, who decided to work together and expand the initiative into an international event. It is now recognized that a coordinated international day will publicize the conservation of vultures to a wider audience and highlight the important work being carried out by the world's vulture conservationists. The Phoenix Zoo is joining nearly 70 other zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, sanctuaries, rescues and conservation institutions in celebrating and highlight vulture conservation and awareness on this day.