International Vulture Awareness Day

September 7

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bring the family for an action-packed day devoted to some of Earth’s most crucial creatures!

  • Learn how vultures are specially adapted to eat carrion.
  • Discover easy ways that you can help vulture conservation.
  • Be a scavenger to find out firsthand what it’s like being part of nature’s cleanup crew!
  • Meet a bird care specialist and learn all about the daily enrichment our dedicated team of animal care professionals provide for the vulture species at Zoo Atlanta.
  • Purchase an exclusive IVAD button! All proceeds go support the African Vulture SAFE program.

Activities are free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission. Check out the back of the Zoo map for specific times and locations. 

Why should you care?

Vultures keep us HEALTHY! Vultures eat carcasses, removing diseases like botulism, cholera, rabies, anthrax, tuberculosis and more from ecosystems. They are nature’s cleanup crew, and we need them around to keep us disease-free!

What’s the problem? 

Vultures are the most threatened group of birds in the world, with 16 of the 23 species facing extinction. Africa’s vultures have declined by an average of 62 percent during the last 30 years. In parts of western Africa, some species have declined more than 95 percent. In Africa, 30 percent of vulture deaths are caused by the illegal wildlife trade. The fate of vultures is directly tied to that of many other key African species, like elephants and lions.

You can help by telling others how important vultures are and sharing your favorite vulture facts and photos on social media using the hashtags #VultureSAFE and #SaveOurScavengers. Be sure to join us on September 7 to learn more about what you can do to protect vultures around the globe, as well as right here at home in Georgia. 

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