The Value of Caring for Carrion
It’s not easy being bald, out for blood and vilified by everyone around you. Vultures, though an integral part of our ecosystem, are not everyone’s favorite bird. Where young children marvel at the neon pink whimsy of flamingos, grown adults glare and detest the complicated and often misunderstood bird of prey. Coined “Nature’s garbage men,” the vulture does a bang-up job of keeping the ecosystem clean by eating animals that are already dead. These earthly janitors get a bad reputation, but the ABQ BioPark Zoo (903 10th Street SW) wants to help rectify their gloomy persona. With vulture populations nearing extinction, Albuquerque’s Zoo hopes to educate all of us on just how important these animals are to our ecosystem and show us how to help restore their livelihood. The Zoo will be celebrating International Vulture Awareness Day from 10am to 4pm this Saturday, Sept. 5, with the festivities included in general admission. Visit http://bit.ly/1N5CiN3 for more information. (Amelia Olson)
Saturday Sept 5, 2015
Cost:Included with regular admission
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Find out why vultures are so important to the environment. Check out a pellet dissection, participate in a vulture beauty contest, play games and make crafts.
Have you ever wondered why a vulture's head is bald or why they prefer road-kill to a fresh meal? For a vulture, bald is beautiful, especially when it allows them to be covered in blood and guts. Underappreciated and often vilified, vultures are fascinating birds that play an important role as janitors of the environment.Learn about how vultures' stomach acid can be a great defense mechanism and why nature's garbage men are such critical parts of the ecosystem.
Vulture populations around the world are shrinking and some species are close to extinction. Visit the aviaries in the Zoo's Africa Exhibit to learn more about these bald birds, how biologists study them and why they need your help.