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Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo will receive a case of trout for their sea eagles from Denver Zoo as payment for a wager set on the outcome of the Super Bowl. Denver Zoo Curator of Birds John Azua had planned to personally deliver the trout as part of the wager. However, Woodland Park has agreed to alter the original bet to support John’s already planned conservation trip to South America to support Andean condors in the wild.
“I was ready to fly out and deliver our debt to Woodland Park Zoo. However, when we began looking into the flights and checking schedules, they were very gracious and suggested we alter the final payment,” said Azua. “This will keep me on schedule to support the conservation of Andean condors in the wild.”
On his trip Azua will inspect zoos in four Colombia cities, learn about their programs and facilities and inspect a historic condor reintroduction site in Chingaza National Forest. The site may have potential for future reintroduces for North American zoo condors. Denver Zoo bred and reintroduced Andean condors into the Colombian Andes in 2010 and 2012 as part of the project.
The Andean condor population is "Near Threatened" and is decreasing in size according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).