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Ever wondered what the nursery for our newborn pandas looks like?

Head over to Zoo Atlanta’s Facebook page at noon EST Monday, August 29 for our first-ever Facebook Live stream. Once we go live, be sure to click “follow” for notifications when we go live next. We foresee lots of panda facetime in the near future! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL #Panda
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Cecil is the double-wattled cassowary, and he’s one neighbor I don’t mind looking at! He’s got cute caruncles on his neck, some nice naked red skin, and he’s about my age. But he can’t fly, and that’s a dealbreaker for me. He comes over to visit me throughout the day and tells me all the neighborhood gossip. For instance, the petting zoo sheep recently got sheared, and I hear that Norman having his status challenged as cutest sheep in the petting zoo. I’m sure Norman isn’t too happy about that. #WildlifeWildCard – Ros the king vulture
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These beautiful hooded vultures are both Zoo Atlanta residents. One is my roommate Acacia, and the other is her brother Baobab, a star in the World of Wild presentation. If you visit us this Saturday, you can see Baobab fly and meet him up-close-and-personal in a vulture encounter! #WildlifeWildCard – Ros the king vulture
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My face when the southern crested screamers start yelling at the keepers. #WildlifeWildCard – Ros the king vulture
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Did you know that African vulture populations are declining more rapidly than those of African elephants? We vultures are scavengers, you see, so our fate is closely tied to that of the other animals in our ecosystem. As large mammal populations decline, so does our food source, and you can’t live if you don’t eat. We have many other issues as well, such as deliberate poisoning and hunting. To find out more about how you can help, visit us on International Vulture Awareness Day this Saturday, August 27! #WildlifeWildCard – Ros the king vulture
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Often after a large meal, I will spread my wings and bask in the sun. My keepers call this “sunning.” Not only does the sun feel great on my skin and feathers, but I’m also told it helps to remove any remaining bacteria from my breakfast off my head. Even though vultures are bald to keep clean while eating, sometimes your food is so good and you make a mess, so the sun helps to finish the cleaning job. Please note that as a V.I.V. (Very Important Vulture), I have the authority to patrol the outside hallway and make certain that everyone is behaving themselves. #WildlifeWildCard – Ros the king vulture
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Breakfast time! The best time of day is mealtime! Today the keepers brought me some quail, but I am not picky. I will eat almost anything, and while my food is always fresh at the Zoo, wild vultures don’t even care if a carcass has been sitting around for a while. This is why vultures are so great; we help to clean up the environment by consuming carcasses, so we decrease the spread of disease. The acid in our stomachs is very strong, which helps us digest almost anything. #WildlifeWildCard – Ros the king vulture
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My keepers have arrived for my afternoon snack and story time, so I must leave you. Please visit me and my friends this Saturday, August 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for International Vulture Awareness Day! Thank you for joining my #WildlifeWildCard, and stay tuned for the next one – you never know who it will be or when! #WildlifeWildCard – Ros the king vulture
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Hooded vultures were formerly found across much of Africa and are considered critically endangered. They are already extinct in southern Africa. Their wild populations are less safe than giant panda populations. Concerned people around the world are trying to help bring back vulture populations because of all the good we do for our habitats and the people that live in them. Organizations like Vulpro work very hard to rehabilitate and release injured southern African vultures. To learn more about the great work they do, visit http://buff.ly/2bvjaJZ. #WildlifeWildCard – Ros the king vulture
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In between waiting for my keepers to hang out with me, and educating you all about how important vultures are, I decided to take a break and admire how beautiful I am! My keepers gave me this mirror a few months ago, and I simply refuse to let them take it away. If you looked this good, you would stare at yourself all day too! #WildlifeWildCard – Ros the king vulture
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Ugh, everyone has that noisy neighbor! These guys are southern crested screamers, and they spend all day complaining! Just listen to how loud they are. #WildlifeWildCard – Ros the king vulture
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Enough about me (well, you can never talk about me too much). This is one of the Zoo’s lappet-faced vultures. Lappet-faced vultures have the largest wingspan of any African vulture, and they tend to be the most dominant around a carcass. They are able to tear large carcasses open first, making room for smaller vultures to get in there and feed. They specialize in eating hides and bones. I’ve never met the female, but I hear she is very mellow and laid-back, so we might get on well if she does as she’s told. #WildlifeWildCard – Ros the king vulture
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We envision a world in which humankind values, protects and preserves the diversity of species on Earth.

We strive to inspire people to value wildlife on Earth and to help safeguard existing species through conservation.
We do this by:

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