Condor saved from participation in Yawar Fiesta


In Peru, where no more than 2,500 “condors”: live, it is illegal to hunt, capture and trade the endangered birds.

Last week, staff of the National Forest and Wildlife Service (Serfor) recovered and released an Andean condor that was to be used for a traditional festival in the Apurimac.

The “Yawar Fiesta”: is a tradition passed down from the Incas where in a condor is attached to the back of a bull and a fight is provoked among the two animals. Often, the fight results in their deaths.

Tradition and controversy of Yawar Fiesta

However, staff of Serfor intervened and prevented use of the Andean condor and successfully brought the bird to health. So on Sept. 8, they released the condor near the rural community of Pichirhua at 2,726 meters above sea level in Abancay, Apurimac.

This condor represents the third to be released in the Apurimac region by Serfor staff. The first two were released in 2013 in the Andahuaylas and Aymara provinces.

It is estimated that between 600 and 2,500 condors live in Peru today. They are protected by the Peruvian state and at an international level through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites)



Hillary Ojeda

Hillary moved to Peru in August of 2014 to learn Spanish, live with her family, and pursue writing. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca, Hillary earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Peru she drinks fermented potato and coca concoctions daily and is enjoying learning about the abundant and natural andean foods of the country. Hillary hopes one day to become an investigative journalist. You can follow her blog.