Andean Condor Conservation Project

To conserve Andean condors throughout South America


The Andean condor (Vultur gryphus), the largest flying bird in the world, has started to become extinct in vast areas of its original distribution. Indiscriminate killing due to the misconception that it preys on livestock (when it is actually a scavenger), use of toxic baits, ingestion of lead bullets and habitat loss are the causes that threaten its survival. Its disappearance not only affects the delicate ecological balance but also represents a terrible loss for the native communities in South America who have honoured it for thousands of years, considering it a sacred link between men and God. In Argentina, naturalists such as Charles Darwin and Perito Moreno came upon condors on the Atlantic coast of Patagonia during the mid 19th century, in places where the species has disappeared in the last 170 years.


The objectives of the project are to conserve the Andean condor in all of its South American distribution, to rescue the ancestral knowledge of the native people who knew how to respect and honour this species for thousands of years, and to reintroduce this species on the Atlantic Patagonian coast, in areas where it became extinct.


WAZA Conservation Project 10027 is implemented by Buenos Aires Zoo and Fundación Bioandina Argentina, with support provided by Zoo Conservation Outreach Group, Sea World Busch Gardens, Le Grand Parc du Puy du Fou, Bioparc Zoo Doué la Fontaine, La Máxima Zoo and La Plata Zoo. Other stakeholders involved in the project include Conservation des Espèces et des Populations Animales (CEPA), Intergraph Registered Research Laboratory, Consejo Provincial de Ecología y Medio Ambiente (CODEMA), Fundación Aquila, Dir. de Fauna de Río Negro, Secretaría de Ambiente de La Rioja, Reserva Natural Quebrada de los Cóndores, Sierra los Quinteros, La Rioja, Centro de Diagnóstico Veterinario S.A., Rosenbusch S.A, Higlander I SRL, Agrim. J.C. Ambao y Asoc. SRL, Direcciones Nacionales de Fauna Silvestre y Coordinación de Conservación de la Biodiversidad, Secretaría de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable de la Nación, Fundación Biodiversidad, Sec. de Estado de Producción, Ministerio de Economía de la Provincia de Río Negro, Zoológico de San Rafael Mendoza, Dir. Prov. de Medio Ambiente y Rec. Naturales de Jujuy, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable de Salta, Dir. de Flora, Fauna Silvestres y Suelos de la Prov. de Tucumán, Área de Reservas y Piscicultura de la Provincia de San Luis, Dir. de Fauna de Mendoza, Dir. de Fauna de Santa Cruz, Dir. de Fauna de Chubut, Mink´akuy Tawantinsuyupaq, Comunidad Mapuche Viedma, Carmen de Patagones, Los Berros, Sierra Grande, Paileman, Valcheta y Cona Niyeu, Fundación Bioandina (Colombia), Fundación Simbioe, Fundación Humanizarte, Fundación Zoológica del Ecuador, Fundación Bioandina Venezuela, Camino Rojo, Uruguay, Comunidad Maya, Guatemala, Bergen County Zoological Park, Brandywine Zoo, Chattanooga Zoo, Columbus Zoo, Hogle Zoo, Tulsa Zoo, Oklahoma City Zoo and Salisbury Zoo. Realised in the frame of the Binational Conservation Programme of Chile and Argentina (CONAF, Aves Chile, Parque Nacional de Santiago, Fundación Bioandina and Buenos Aires Zoo).




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