International Vulture Awareness Weekend
1 - 2 Sep 2012 – All Day
Join us on the 1 and 2 September for Vulture Awareness Weekend and help spread the word about these misunderstood creatures. ZSL London Zoo will be hosting an array of exciting events and displays throughout the day.
Commonly misperceived throughout history as symbols of death, the Vulture actually plays a vital part of nature’s clean-up crew helping prevent the spread of disease in many countries. Due to human misperception, poisoning and habitat loss, many vulture species are being forced to the brink of extinction. Worryingly, this will have a detrimental effect on the delicate balance of the ecosystem.
Fortunately, International Vulture Awareness Day is here to help bring the vulture back from the brink.
12pm King Vulture feed & 3pm Griffon vulture feed
Get up close to ZSL London Zoo's vulture species as they eat their lunch. Our zookeepers will be on hand to tell you all about the Asian vultures and ZSL's work with them in the wild, and answer your questions.
12.30pm Animals in action (Amphitheatre)
Meet Guido the American black vulture and see him demonstrate his natural behaviours. Then find out about ZSL’s integral role in vulture conservation in Nepal.
2.30pm Predatory bird show (Bird Display Lawn)
Visit the display lawn to see our hunting and scavenging birds display their skills at finding and catching food, including Guido the American black vulture.
4pm Meet the birds of prey (Bird Display Lawn)
Meet ZSL London Zoo's birds of prey up close and get the chance to have your photo taken with them. 4pm Raffle prize draw and meet London Zoo’s birds of prey.
The prize winners will be led to their chosen encounter by a member of staff. Photo opportunity with selected birds of prey
Vulture glove puppet workshops (all day in the Activity Den)
Join our team of Explainers in the activity den (opposite B.U.G.S) and make your own vulture puppets!
Win an animal encounter!
Take part in our special Vulture Awareness Weekend raffle and win a VIP encounter with some of the Zoo's most popular animals. The raffle prize draw will take place at 4pm on the Bird Display Lawn.