International Vulture Awareness Day
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.
Check out a pellet dissection, participate in a vulture beauty contests, play games and make crafts at discovery stations during a Saturday at the Zoo! 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.