A Resourceful Scavenger
The vulture needs a new PR person. Associated with death and rot, these hook-necked avians signal gruesome endings. But though this fowl's mission is seen as foul, is not the vulture Mother Nature's recycling agent? Her janitor? Sure, its head is bald so it can keep clean while pecking through entrails. But corpse disposal is filthy work, and someone's got to do it. Some species of vulture are close to extinction. Speak with biologists about why this feathered friend/fiend is fascinating in the Africa Exhibit at the zoo on Saturday, Sept. 1, which is International Vulture Awareness Day. The event is included with the price of general admission. (Marisa Demarco)
Saturday Sept 1, 2012
Cost:Included with zoo admission
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Underappreciated and often criticized, vultures are fascinating birds that play an important role as janitors of the environment.