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The Ecuador Chronicles - 2011-04
 
 
Condor Park in Imbabura Provence;
               Dedicated to the Rescue of Birds of Prey;
                            Including the Condor - National Symbol of Ecuador
 
 
by Ray Almand
 

Condor Park


There seems to be no end of interesting places to visit in the Northern Sierra.  Condor Park is located in Imbabura Provence near Otavalo - just over two hours north of Quito.   The thirty-acre park is managed by a foundation dedicated to the care and rescue of predatory birds such as hawks and eagles, vultures and owls - and of course, Condors.

The park is located on a hill known to locals as the “Pukara Alto”; the view is incredible, 360 degrees around of mountains, lake, valleys and towns.  You have to travel up a rough, unpaved road to reach the park entrance.

Condor Park is funded and sponsored by the Dutch Embassy, a German center for predatory birds, and various Ecuadorian corporations.  The Director is Mr. Joep Hendriks.  The birds are not captured; they are injured birds that have been collected to be healed, or birds not taken care of properly when held in captivity.

I recently visited Condor Park with my old friend Andy who I have known since the first grade.  We stopped by on a day trip to the Northern Sierra - Live Well Ecuador associate and good friend Juan was our driver for the day.  The birds are kept in very large cages.  You walk along wide cobblestone paths among the cages to see the birds.  Twice a day there are flight exhibitions with the hawks and falcons.

Here are some photos of our visit to the park.

 


Sign at the Entrance

 

 

 


These Condors in a Cage.......


..........Are Visited by Their Friends on the Outside


One of the Friends Takes Flight

 


Signs in Front of Each Cage Provide Information

 


Here is the Snowy Owl

 


View from the Park


The National Symbol of Ecuador........


..........Spreads its Wings

 


Young Falcon in Training - Hooded


Ready to Fly


Trainer Throws a Decoy


The Young Falcon Attacks


Another National Symbol

 

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