Andean condors prefer open grasslands and alpine areas up to 5,000m (16,000ft) in elevation and in rocky mountain areas were they can spot carrion from the air. They are found in the Andes Mountains of South America.
Condors are scavengers or carrion feeders. They have been known to take live prey, such as newborn animals. The species is not designed to hunt as their talons are blunt, not sharp like other raptors.
Condors mate for life, becoming mature around 6-8 years of age. This species does not build a nest, instead laying their egg on bare ground in a cave or on a ledge. They have one chick every other year, the young unable to fly until they are around 6 months of age. The juveniles will rely on their parents for at least two more years.
Andean Condor Profiles
Chief was born at Taronga Zoo in November 2006 and raised by his parents who still reside there with his three other siblings. Chief can be seen daily in the 12pm Wildlife Warriors show in the Crocoseum, where he wows the crowd with his 3 metre wingspan as he glides over the water. In his demonstration, real-looking carcass props are used for him to gather treats from, which he loves. Chief is a very playful boy who loves attention from his keepers and his favourite toys are cardboard boxes and anything he can pull on. Condors are long-living with a lifespan of up to 50 years, so we look forward to being mesmerised by this new world vulture for many more decades.