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.