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VIRGINIA AQUARIUM TO CELEBRATE SECOND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL VULTURE AWARENESS DAY




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Virginia Aquarium to Celebrate Second Annual International Vulture Awareness Day

Aug 23, 2010

Virginia Aquarium to Celebrate Second Annual International Vulture Awareness Day

Saturday, September 4, 2010 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Marsh Pavilion

(Virginia Beach, VA) –The Second Annual International Vulture Awareness Day on Saturday, September 4 is cause for celebration and hope for vultures world-wide. Of the 22 species of vultures, 17 species are considered endangered, threatened, or rare. At the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, spreading the news about the importance of vultures is a “big” deal for their resident turkey vulture family, the “VanSputums” and their caretakers. Fun activities will reinforce why these birds are so special to our environment and what we can do to insure their future.

Aquarium educators will be on hand at the Marsh Pavilion from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. offering live animal programming and vulture related activities for guests. Buzz and Cathartes VanSputum the Aquarium’s turkey vulture Animal Ambassadors, will make guest appearances at 11a.m., 1p.m. and 3 p.m. The Aviary feeding program at 2:30 p.m. will feature special toys or food items as enrichments to spark the turkey vultures’ natural curiosity.

Did You Know:

• In less than 10 years Asian vulture populations have declined by an alarming 99%.

• Many vulture species will be extinct within the next 10 years if something is not done to help them.

• Vultures are nature’s clean-up crew. Declining vulture populations cause an increase in diseases like anthrax, TB, rabies, and brucellosis (a chronic bacterial infection). In India, $34billion in health care costs have been attributed to the vulture crisis in the past 10 years. Costs for vulture conservation would be mere fractions of this expense.

• Certain turkey vulture roost sites are known to be over 100 years old with vultures returning year after year, generation after generation to the same location. If the roost sites no longer exist, vulture populations diminish.

• Visit http://www.vultureday.org/2010/index. to learn how many other countries are participating in the Second Annual International Vulture Awareness Day and what activities they are offering.

(Virginia Beach, VA) –The Second Annual International Vulture Awareness Day on Saturday, September 4 is cause for celebration and hope for vultures world-wide. Of the 22 species of vultures, 17 species are considered endangered, threatened, or rare. At the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, spreading the news about the importance of vultures is a “big” deal for their resident turkey vulture family, the “VanSputums” and their caretakers. Fun activities will reinforce why these birds are so special to our environment and what we can do to insure their future. Aquarium educators will be on hand at the Marsh Pavilion from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. offering live animal programming and vulture related activities for guests. Buzz and Cathartes VanSputum the Aquarium’s turkey vulture Animal Ambassadors, will make guest appearances at 11a.m., 1p.m. and 3 p.m. The Aviary feeding program at 2:30 p.m. will feature special toys or food items as enrichments to spark the turkey vultures’ natural curiosity. Did You Know:

• In less than 10 years Asian vulture populations have declined by an alarming 99%.

• Many vulture species will be extinct within the next 10 years if something is not done to help them.

• Vultures are nature’s clean-up crew. Declining vulture populations cause an increase in diseases like anthrax, TB, rabies, and brucellosis (a chronic bacterial infection). In India, $34billion in health care costs have been attributed to the vulture crisis in the past 10 years. Costs for vulture conservation would be mere fractions of this expense.

• Certain turkey vulture roost sites are known to be over 100 years old with vultures returning year after year, generation after generation to the same location. If the roost sites no longer exist, vulture populations diminish.

• Visit http://www.vultureday.org/2010/index. to learn how many other countries are participating in the Second Annual International Vulture Awareness Day and what activities they are offering.

Activities for guests will include:

• A modified “Operation Game” to discover the tastiest parts of the vultures’

favorite meals (also known as “road-kill surprise”).

• A “Clean-up Crew” obstacle course.

• Make vulture vomit (just kidding, it’s just slime).

• Practice your “vomit hurling” skills in a vulture target game of “shoot to ill.”

• Discover how to make a difference by playing our

“Conservation Coin Game”.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. The Aquarium is among the first attractions in the state to become certified as a Virginia Green Attraction. It is located at 717 General Booth Boulevard, just south of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach. For more information on exhibits, movies, boat rides and special events call (757) 385-FISH (3474), (TDD 711) or visit VirginiaAquarium.com.

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