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3:00 snapshot #1885: Friday

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Hey look! It's our handsome new Andean condor, Humphrey! The species is used to the year-round discomfort of a high-altitude climate. A little North American blizzard is no big.

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This is the public area of the Andean condor exhibit. The guests walk through this mesh tunnel while the condors can fly about the large aviary.

National Zookeeper Week

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This is National Zookeeper Week, so AAZK ZNE is presenting training sessions with some of our animals to show what it is we do, other than feeding and cleaning. Here Sarah is training Inti the Andean condor. Such a smart animal and an able trainer.

3:00 snapshot #1410

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Tito is an Andean condor. He was featured as Daily Zoo Animal #8.

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It took me a while to ascertain that these remains belonged to a chipmunk. Skull shape says rodent, size narrows it down, fur remnants make it more sure. If we had them here it could be a red squirrel. If the chestnut fur weren't there it could have been a flying squirrel. If the tail were present it would have been even easier to eliminate rats from the possibilities.

3:00 snapshot #1192

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The oldest exhibit at the zoo (1912) is this giant aviary, which currently houses our pair of Andean condors, Tito and Inti.

Andean condor Vultur gryphus

My first Daily Zoo Animal entry was also an Andean condor. I know some more about this pair, and got a couple nice pictures of the male, so I thought I'd revisit them.Read more...Collapse )

On this day in 365 Urban Species: Goldenrod and ragweed.

Daily Zoo Animal: #1, Andean Condor



I decided I would continue to post every day, and that I would take a picture of a zoo animal each day that I work there. I can still do the 3:00 snapshots on days off. I don't know anything about this individual Andean condor. I photographed...her (I think the males have a comical head adornment)...because, honestly, she was the first animal on exhibit when I left my behind-the-scenes area, and I was eager to go home and see my wife and dogs. (Wife still isn't home, dogs are good.) I happen to like Andean condors a lot, and this one was perched close enough to the edge of the cage for me to get a picture without the cage mesh showing.

The Andean condor, Vultur gryphus, is the largest of the new world vultures, a group that includes the turkey vulture and is one of the largest flying birds. New world vultures are more closely related to herons and cormorants than they are to old world vultures. A diet of carcasses and convergent evolution have conspired to make both group of birds bald-headed, which avoids the mess of gore-sticky feathers. While turkey vultures live well off of the roadkill of American highways, condors (both Andean and Californian) are endangered, due to habitat loss and other human factors. Andean condors are part of American zoos' Species Survival Plan.

On this day in 365 Urban Species: I didn't have one! (I made up for it later.) I did post a nice series of pictures from Discovery Park in Seattle, however.

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