--Photo Opportunity, June 19, 10 -12 a.m., Vulture Wrap Installation, Vladimir Jones Building--

June 18, 2010 The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will be soaring in downtown Colorado Springs starting tomorrow, Saturday, June 19, 2010 when a giant vulture will be wrapped on the Vladimir Jones building located at 6 N. Tejon Street.  The 10 ft x 35 ft African vulture will be installed from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday and stay up on the building at Tejon Street and Pikes Peak Avenue through the summer. 

Reasoning behind the vulture placement is a demonstration of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo coming off the mountain and into the lives and the aesthetic lifestyle of the community. The Zoo does this in a variety of ways, from symbolic vultures on buildings, to the ZOOM program where the Zoo takes animal ambassadors to schools, senior centers, parties and other human gatherings. This interaction of the Zoo with the community helps to make the Zoo’s mission a reality…to make the connection between people and wildlife and wild places through experiences that inspire action.

Vultures are vanishing around the world at an alarming rate and are in need of our help! Of the 22 species of vultures in the world, 11 are currently threatened. They are declining due to poisoning due to feeding on medicated cattle carcasses, power line collisions and loss of food and habitat. Vultures play a vital role in the environment by cleaning up carcasses and preventing the spread of disease.  Vultures are one of our featured Quarters for Conservation animals.  Quarters for Conservation supports “The Vulture Programme’s” field research, rehabilitation and release projects to safeguard a future for Cape Griffon Vultures. Vote TODAY to save the Vultures.

Quarters for Conservation is an exciting initiative to greatly enhance our wildlife conservation work. Through the collection of quarters, we’ll provide funding for new and existing wildlife conservation projects. This program provides an opportunity to engage our staff and our community in the effort while also significantly expanding our contribution to wildlife conservation in our region and around the globe.