Committee of Vultures

Houston Zoo now has a Committee Of Vultures: Photo by Casey Allen on Unsplash

Houston Zoo recently welcomed a Committee of Vultures. Every species is crucial to nature’s ecosystem and saving each one is our moral responsibility. Houston Zoo is again leading this effort. This new committee (a group of vultures is called a committee), comprises of two cape vultures, three hooded ones, and one Ruppell’s griffon vulture. It is for the first time that the zoo will be home to these species. These Old World vultures are the same as eagles and hawks but have a few unique features.

Distinct Features of the Houston Zoo Committee of Vultures


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Cape Vultures

Their wingspan can reach up to 8.5 feet, and they are among the largest of Old World vultures. Besides, they can consume ten percent of their body weight in one feeding. Chiku and Nazgul are the cape vultures that have come to the zoo. Chiku is the only female member of the committee. She is a year old and comes from St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Although friendly, she has a solid personality that makes her the chief of the committee. On the other hand, Nazgul is a three-year-old male. He comes from the Albuquerque Biological Park.

Ruppell’s Griffon Vultures

These vultures have a wingspan of up to eight feet and are the highest-flying birds in the world. Bruce is seven years old and the eldest member of the committee. He comes from the Dallas Zoo.

Hooded Vultures

These are smaller Old World vultures. In this species, the males tend to be smaller than the females. The zoo has three of such vultures. They include Buzzy, Flaps, and Dizzy. Buzz is a year old and comes from St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Flaps is six years old and is from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. On the other hand, Dizzy is three years old, and he also comes from St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

You can see the committee of vultures at the Houston Zoo in the former jaguar habitat next to the cougars.

About the Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo is a 55-acre zoological park that welcomes millions of guests every year and serves as home to over 6,000 animals and 900 species. It is the second most visited zoo in the US. The zoo’s mission statement is “The Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.”. For more information, click here.

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