HELP US NAME an endangered white-backed vulture living in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.
Suggest a name by leaving a comment on our Facebook page and then vote (by liking) for your favorite names. We will pick 3 of our favorite names from the most popular ones to be voted on by Zoo Boise guests.
This is 1 of 7 vultures being tracked as part of the Gorongosa Vulture Tracking Project by the Intermountain Bird Observatory at Boise State. Its current name is #43 and even for a vulture that’s an ugly name. You can track #43’s movements by going to https://ibo.boisestate.edu/vultures/.
Vultures are important, because they eliminate waste from the environment; waste that can harbor diseases. The purpose of the study is to determine where these birds are spending their time, what threats they may be facing, and how much time they spend inside vs outside the park. African vultures have seen huge population decreases.
Want to help vultures? Just by visiting Zoo Boise your conservation fee (paid with admission) goes to protect all the animals living in Gorongosa National Park. You can also take a ride on our Conservation Cruise to visit Zoo Boise’s white-backed vultures, where 100% of the proceeds go to help them as well.
You can learn more about Gorongosa National Park and its connection with Zoo Boise here.