Rehabilitated Vulture Helped by Green Chimneys Featured on Animal Planet

April 6, 2020

Last summer we learned of a Turkey Vulture with a leg injury that was being cared for at the Bronx Zoo. When its favorable recovery led experts to believe the vulture was ready for rehabilitation, the Bronx Zoo reached out to Green Chimneys.

We welcomed the healing vulture with ample wildlife rehabilitation expertise and a flight cage for a temporary home. Over the course of the three weeks that followed, Green Chimneys wildlife caretakers monitored the vulture’s food intake, flight form, behaviors and more — all this in preparation for the vulture’s successful return to the wild.

See for yourself!

Throughout the entire process, the popular television network, Animal Planet, was documenting the vulture’s journey to recovery. Watch the season four premiere of “The Zoo” on Animal Planet’s website

This episode originally aired on Saturday, April 4 at 9pm EST.

Soaring with Gratitude

Special thanks to all of our friends and colleagues at the Bronx Zoo and Animal Planet for allowing Green Chimneys to be a part of Turkey Vulture’s success story.

Take action …

Even though our Farm & Wildlife Center is temporarily closed to the public to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus, animal care never falters. Staff is safely ensuring the needs of our permanently injured wildlife, as well as birds in rehabilitation, are met.  You can help maintain the quality of animal care by making an online donation today. Show your support or wildlife rehabilitation now


Green Chimneys’ renowned Farm & Wildlife Center is home to nearly 200 animals, including 50 birds of prey. An Andean condor; Griffon vulture; numerous hawks, falcons, owls and several crows are under the care of expert wildlife staff. Spring always brings large numbers of fledgling birds that need care, and the goal is to return them to the wild as soon as possible. The students of the Green Chimneys School have some special needs of their own and through the rehabilitation and care of these animals, they learn compassion, encouragement, and the true meaning of stewardship.