The Return of Antara to San Juan
Rescue and release of Andean Condors
Next Saturday, June 21st, we will be releasing a specimen of this species in San Juan, Province.
Antara is an adult female who was found in Jáchal, San Juan, unable to fly and apparently poisoned.
The specimen was rescued by Gendarmería and transfered to the Subsecretaría de Medio Ambiente, Dirección de Conservación y Áreas Protegidas San Juan.
From there, thanks to the support of the Fundación Bioparc, Grand Parc Puy du Fou of Francia, SOS Faune Sauvage and Association Beauval Nature, to the Bs As Zoo, and to the Andean Condor Conservation Program for her rehabilitation.
When she fully recuperated, we selected the site to let her go back into the wild. We have selected Mirador de Huaco, where the species has made nests in naturally occurring rock cavities.
During the week of June 16 to 20, a substantial education campaign will be carried out, along with intensive communication through the medias, which are based in the areas they are working to reach. This will make it possible to reach thousands of children with a clear message of conservation, making them participants in this great event.
An ancestral ceremony, performed by the Huarpe community of San Juan and the indigenous group, Mink’akuyTawantinsuyupaq, will crown the return of Antara to her natural habitat, saying a prayer for the coexistence and harmony of all forms of life.
The release of Antara is dedicated to the memory of Mariano Ariza, honoring his life and giving thanks for his passion for these condors, as one more feather of this flight.
Including Antara, we will have released five condors in San Juan Province. The Andean Condor Binational Program will have reintroduced, with her, 140 condors in all of South America back into their natural habitats.
For a long time we have been committed to protecting the Condor, an emblematic bird, a key species in the equilibrium of the Andean ecosystem, and a symbolic link to our cultural past as South Americans. This is why we would like to invite you to share this exciting moment, to accompany Antara on her journey back to the wild.
The date is next Saturday, June 21st, 2014, at 10 am, in Mirador de Huaco, localidad la Ciénaga, where we will release her.
Made under the direction of:
Andean Condor Binational Program, Chile - Argentina