Andean condors with satellite tracking systems released in Peru

Andean condors with satellite tracking systems released in Peru

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Scientists eager to learn more about the vultures’ behaviour in their natural habitat

Two Andean condors, equipped with satellite tracking systems, were released in Peru after over two years of medical care, are allowing conservationists an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the vultures’ behaviour in their natural habitat.

The condors, Huascar of 35 years and Atahualpa of 40, each weighing 11 kilos, this week were released into a mountain range near the Peruvian capital, Lima, some three kilometres above sea level.

The Andean condor, a species of vulture of the scientific name Vulture gyrphus, is endangered in Peru, threatened by poisoning, poachers and local farmers who shoot the birds believing them to kill their livestock.

It is the first time the device has been used on condors released into their natural habitat in Peru, and comes just several days after the approval of the National Plan for the Conservation of the Andean Condor, which outlines various protection strategies.

The Andean condor grows to up to 13 kilos and is found in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia.

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