King of the Andes at Tracy Aviary
Click HERE to print a $1 off admission coupon to come visit the NEW King of the Andes Exhibit, featuring Andy, the 54-year-old Andean Condor.
The magnificent Andean condor is the national symbol of six different South American countries for good reason. Ancient civilizations inhabiting the Andes Mountains believed the condor was a form of their sun god – the most important of their gods, revered for the nourishment and healing brought upon their livestock – and held the bird in highest esteem. As one of the largest flighted birds on Earth with an 11-foot wingspan, it is understandable that early humans considered this bird an otherworldly creature. King of the Andes is the befitting home for Tracy Aviary’s own Andean condor, Andy.
King of the Andes opens summer 2013 and features play areas for our condor and for his guests. Young visitors can have fun climbing the carcass frame or measuring their “wingspan” against that of an Andean condor, or any of the other six vultures of the Americas. At this exhibit you can learn about what makes the Andean condor so special, its status in the wild, the challenges it faces, and what Tracy Aviary is doing as well as what each of us can do to help support and protect this iconic bird.
In 2011, at the age of 52, Andy entered a training program at Tracy Aviary designed to allow him to be brought out of his enclosure. Andy’s intelligent, curious, and gentle nature made him a perfect candidate! Get nose-to-beak with this gentle giant in his encounter zone at King of the Andes and you’ll also see for yourself what makes Andy himself so special. Long live the King!