Release

After years of work and efforts of the GPLF and colleague institutions involved in the GNTCA, Huayra, Killari and Churi finally discovered the wild this Friday, 25th of November 2016. They are the very first captive-bred condors to be released in Ecuador. But this is just a first step (yet a very important one) in the fight for the survival of the critically endangered Andean condor in Ecuador. We have now to monitor those three juveniles to make sure everything goes well for them and keep working in breeding and education to make this event not just a one-shot but the start of the come back of the species in the country.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped us in this long process and let’s keep moving forward !

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Cushi

Cushi is a cub that was born in 2014. We found him/her perched in a eucalyptus tree in a neighbour hacienda. He/she went back in the forest after a couple of hours.

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Awareness

The “Awareness tour“ of the FGPL in the parish of Angochagua came to an end. 460 people from the 6 communities that form the parish attended the lectures about the Andean condor and the release program for chicks born in captivity.

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Transfer

One step closer to the release ! It’s time for Huayra, Killari and Churi to leave the installations of the Condor Huasi Project, to receive a health checking and to find their last home before the big day, a remote enclosure high up in the Andean paramo of Zuleta. They will stay there few weeks to aclimatize to their futur environment. A great team work between the various institutions involved: FGPL, Fundacion Zoologica del Ecuador, GNTCA, Comuna Zuleta, Universidad San Francisco de Quito-TUERI, MAE,

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A newcomer in the paramo of Zuleta

A nice encounter after a long day of work in the paramo of Zuleta: a young Carunculated Caracara (Phalcoboenus carunculatus). Two adult, certainly his parents, were also seen pretty close.

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Summerschool

This year we organized the annual Summer School together with the parish priest and the parish council of Zuleta. 5 volunteers from the Foundation gave English and photography clases for 3 weeks. We also provided snacks to 150 kids on each of their Friday trip.

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International recognition

Joining national and international collegues at the XII CIMFAUNA in Quito, Yann Potaufeu, the Galo Plaza Lasso Foundation biologist, presented its work about the monitoring of the Andean condor in Zuleta during the symposium dedicated to the species.

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Plumage of juvenile

This young wild male visited us at the Condor Huasi project, showing his still imperfect plumage.

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Education

For two weeks, our education center received school trips. In total, close to 200 kids from Zuleta and Ibarra learned about conservation, with a focus on the Andean condor and the Andean bear.

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Getting to know each other

Tuta (4 years old) and Sapi (3 years old) were seen interacting a lot at the bear platform those days. Could it be the beginning of a love story ?

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