April 13, 2021

Species Spotlight

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

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