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Male: He had a fractured ulna (bone in the wing). The bone did not heal well enough for him to be released. He was transferred here 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 CO from Lindsey Wildlife Museum in 2001.
Female: She had an injury on the tip of her right wing, and it had to be pinioned (this is when the wing is amputated at the wrist). She was transferred to us in 1991 and placed in the raptor aviary.
Vultures poop on their legs to kill the bacteria from the carrion they eat.
The birth date of the male and female on exhibit is unknown, but estimated around 1990. The male animal ambassador was born in 2001.
Diet in the Wild
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.
Diet at the Museum
Rats, chicks, quail, and rabbit.
In the Wild: Approximately 16 years.
In Captivity: About 30 years.
Open plains, deserts, and forests.
Southern Canada south into Central and South America.
No special status. However, their close relative, the California Condor, is very endangered.