In Peru, where no more than 2,500 “condors”:http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-yawar-fiesta-documentary-releases-chilling-trailer-107101 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”:http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-yawar-fiesta-documentary-releases-chilling-trailer-107101 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.
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)