ANDEAN CONDOR

VULTUR GRYPHUS

The Brandywine Zoo has two Andean Condors. Our female, Gryphus was hatched at The Bronx Zoo on May 1, 1979. She moved to the Dallas Zoo in 1981 for several months before coming to us on April 9, 1981. Both of Gryphus’ parents were wild-born. Our male Chavin was hatched on June 10, 1986 at the LA County Zoo, and later lived at the Sedgewick County Zoo before coming to the Brandywine Zoo on October 18, 2010. His wild-born mother came to the LA Zoo while his father was wild-born.

THREATS & CONSERVATION

Condors are often wrongly persecuted by farmers because they believe incorrectly that the condors are a danger to their livestock. Farmers and ranchers commonly poison the carcasses of animals to kill predators which prey on their livestock. Vultures, which are carrion eaters and feed exclusively on dead animals, are inadvertently poisoned.

Fun Facts

As of 2018, 69 Andean condors live in 32 AZA facilities.

A vulture’s stomach acids are so strong, they can even dissolve metal!

The Andean condor’s wing span is second only to the wandering albatross (up to 3.5m) in terms of wing span among all living flying birds!

The oldest known Andean condor was 79 years old.

Andean condors are oviparious meaning they lay eggs. Both the male and female take turns to incubate the egg for about 54 to 58 days.

Vultures are built for soaring flight- this type of flight requires little to no energy. They can stay in the air for hours on end and travel
hundreds of miles without much effort.