Dr Emily Shepard The Andean Condor
is one of the largest flying birds in the world.
The Andean Condor
was kept at the Hancock Museum between 1886 and 1911 after arriving on Tyneside from Chile.
But now natural history experts want a stuffed Andean Condor
bird, which is in Newcastle's Hancock Museum, to have a plaque of its own.
Along with a number of other animal species, the huillin, an endangered river otter (Lutra provocax), will be adversely affected, as will the heraldic huemul, the endangered endemic deer species (Hippocamelus bisulcus) of the Southern Andes, which accompanies the Andean condor
on the Chilean national shield.
The list includes the African crowned eagle, which has claws that can crush a monkey's head, and an Andean condor
with a wing span almost twice the height of most humans.
As the California condor population dropped into the double digits in the 1970s, park specialists began practicing condor preservation with the not-so-rare Andean condor
as the "guinea.
Travelers may also use their rest days to hike along the shores of Lago Grey en route to the massive Grey Glacier, the southernmost tip of the giant Southern Icefield, or to watch for the Andean condor
or the elusive huemul deer.
At the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay, keepers report that a male alligator and Andean condor
have starting their respective mating behaviour three months early.
But there have been other beauties, such as a vermilion flycatcher, an Andean condor
and a burrowing owl.
Several efforts have been made to return this magnificent bird to its home range; the AZA Andean Condor
Species Survival Plan (SSP[R]) in particular recently gave cause to celebrate another successful release.
Natural history experts want a stuffed Andean Condor
bird, in Newcastle's Hancock Museum, to have its own plaque.
At the raptor enclosure, elevated walkways enable you to come eye to eye with enormous birds of prey, including an Andean condor
(which, alas, perched sedately in a tree, not treating us to a display of its 12-foot wingspan).
The home of the Andean condor
and the pudu (the world's smallest deer) is now safe from the timber companies that had hoped to log the alerce.
Recent additions include the Puente al Sur (Bridge to the South), which introduces visitors to a host of Latin American animals, including giant anteaters, an Andean condor
and capybaras, the world's largest rodent; the Australian WalkAbout, a multi-species exhibit featuring kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies, and emus; and a walk-through aviary for Australian rainbow lorikeets.
We're going to the rainforest for two weeks in May to spend time with tribes and different cultures, and to look for bugs, endangered animals and birds like the Andean Condor
which is really at risk.