The healed condor was released into Cusco’s Sacred Valley.
The National Service for Forest and Wildlife (SERFOR) shared a video of a condor being released into the Sacred Valley sky. The condor, named Marcapata Kuntur, was released after being treated in a temporary shelter for more than two years.
Marcapata Kuntur is a nine year old male condor weighing 10 kilos. He was found in the district of Marcapata in the province of Quispicanchi with a serious wound to his right leg that prevented him from flying. He was treated at the Cochahuasi natural sanctuary, which is equipped to handle treatment and rehabilitation of the Andean condor specimen. The condor will now be monitored through an implanted GPS chip.
The Andean condor is in the Ministry of Agriculture’s list of threatened species, and considered “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation Nature due to loss of habitat and secondary poisoning.
Watch the moving video below: