This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.
History at CuriOdyssey
The female had a fractured ulna (bone in the wing). The bone did not heal well enough for her to be released. She was transferred here in 1991 and placed in the raptor aviary.
The male had an injury on the tip of his right wing, and it had to be pinioned (this is when the wing is amputated at the wrist). He was transferred to us in 1991 and placed in the raptor aviary.
Another male is not on exhibit, but serves as an animal ambassador. He has bilateral juvenile cataracts and was donated to CuriOdyssey from Lindsey Wildlife Museum in 2001.
The birth date of the male and female on exhibit is unknown, but estimated around 1990. The male animal ambassador was born in 2001.
Fun Facts about Turkey Vultures
Vultures poop on their legs to kill the bacteria from the carrion they eat.
What do Turkey Vultures Eat?
Carrion from the size of mice and snakes to the size of a horse; they will sometimes take young herons or ibis from their nests or may kill weak or dying animals. At CuriOdyssey, they are served rats, chicks, quail, and rabbit.
How long do turkey vultures live?
In the Wild: Approximately 16 years.
In Captivity: About 30 years.
Where do turkey vultures live?
Turkey Vultures' habitat include open plains, deserts, and forests. They range in Southern Canada south into Central and South America.
Are Turkey Vultures endangered?
No special wildlife conservation status. However, their close relative, the California Condor, is very endangered.
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