The Zoo is home to one female king vulture, Gertrude, born in 1966. She has resided at the Zoo since 1968! Gertrude sports majestic white and black plumage with an orange-and-black head covered by skin without feathers.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. There are an estimated 1,000 to 10,000 king vultures in its specified range.
The range of the king vulture encompasses a large area, from Central Mexico through northern Argentina, and are found in tropical rainforests and open country.
King vultures are carrion feeders, they don’t kill other animals as a rule.