The Zoo is home to one female king vulture, Gertrude, born in 1966. 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.