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Celebrating our 40th Year of Saving Wildlife!

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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

Black Vulture

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Coragyps atratus

  • Classification: Bird
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 25yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10-15yrs
  • Wingspan: 4.5ft
  • Weight: 3.5-6lbs
  • Range: Southeast United States, Central America, South America
  • Habitat: Open lowland grasslands, swamp interspersed with forest
    • Diet in the Wild: carrion, vulnerable mammals, human garbage
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, venison, donated meats

Black vultures are the most numerous vulture in the Western Hemisphere. Black vultures have a less-developed sense of smell than turkey vultures and rely more on their sight. Unlike the turkey vulture, it will occasionally attack live prey, mobbing weakened animals. In the United States, it is only found in the American South, and should not be confused with the European black vulture, which belongs to the Old World Vulture family and is not related to New World carrion birds. The black vulture soars on thermals to gain altitude and to cover large distances with little energy expenditure, spending most of its day searching for food.

Description: Large-bodied; broad, rounded wings; all black with white patches on underside of wingtips; bare, black head; narrow, hooked beak


  • Very social birds with family loyalty 
  • Soar in flocks
  • Alternating strong wingbeats and short glides
  • Follow turkey vultures (with their well-developed sense of smell) to food
  • Make only raspy hisses and grunts due to not having a voice box
  • Monogamous
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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

In this pursuit we aim to:

  • Involve people to share in our mission.
  • Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted to our care.
  • Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.

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With over 115 animal ambassadors, and over 1,000 sick injured and orphaned animals brought to our center each year - every dollar counts. We rely solely on people like yourself to support the work we do.

We receive no State or Federal funding and depend entirely on private funds to carry out our Mission.