Happy International Vulture Awareness Day!!!
These avian scavengers have gotten a little bit of a bad reputation, as they feed exclusively on carrion, but they actually do quite a bit to help us out. They have incredibly strong stomachs, and can resist deadly diseases like rabies, botulism, and even the bubonic plague! Turkey vultures are part of nature’s clean up crew, and help keep their environments and us humans safe by preventing these nasty diseases from spreading.
Photos: Our resident turkey vulture, the sweetest bird in the world, Aurora.
Aurora is a wonderful program bird. She goes to lots of outreach events with us and teaches the public about how important vultures are to the ecosystem. They are nature’s clean up crew!
Aurora was rescued and rehabilitated at Wildlife Images but due to an injury to her eye she cannot be re-released. She now has a forever home where she happily serves as an ambassador for her wild counterparts and she can teach people how amazing and necessary these animals really are.