Local New Zealand company Metalbird’s creation of five life-sized white-headed vultures (1.2m in height) - perched in various locations within our Africa track – highlights this species’ beauty and symbolises the importance of vultures in African savannah ecosystems.
“While it’s not possible for us to bring these birds into New Zealand, these very cool creations, unique to Auckland Zoo, are a brilliant way for our visitors to experience just how majestic they are, and to learn about their value,” says Auckland Zoo’s ungulates team leader, Tommy Karlsson.
“As keepers caring for many African savannah mammal species (giraffe, zebra, rhino, ostrich, nyala and more), we love that these vultures are now represented here.
“The white-headed vulture is unfortunately a Critically Endangered species (IUCN Red List) – under threat from the alteration of savannah ecosystems, and even poisoning and persecution. Their presence here at the Zoo in this super innovative way by Metalbird is a reminder that every animal species native to its environment, whether that’s in Africa or here in New Zealand, is really important and that we can all play a part in caring for the environment to help ensure its future,” says Tommy.