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April 13, 2021
This week’s Species Spotlight: Cinereous Vulture
Animal Name: Natasha
Scientific Name: Aegypius monachus
Geographical Range: Europe and northern Asia, from Spain to Japan
Habitat: Forested areas in hills and mountains
Conservation Status: Near threatened. Many farmers think of cinereous vultures as pests. Despite their protected status, they continue to be hunted and poisoned throughout their range.
Home at the Zoo: Bird House & Bird Garden
Fun Fact: Vultures play a vital role in the environment by cleaning up carcasses and preventing the spread of disease
Photo: Dave Merritt