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 however to take live prey like newborn animals. They are not designed to hunt as their talons are blunt and not sharp like other raptors.
Condors mate for life and become mature around 6-8 years of age. They have one chick every other year and the young can not fly until they are around 6 mths of age. They will rely on their parents for at least two more years. Do not build a nest, laying their egg on bare ground in a cave or on a ledge.
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.