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EOCA Online Poll 2015 – vote to save the Andean Condor

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Juvenile Andean Condor in flight over Antisanilla.
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During the second half of March World Land Trust (WLT) urged supporters to vote for a project to protect the Andean Condor in Ecuador.

The project proposal was developed by Fundación Jocotoco (FJ), one of WLT’s four conservation partners in Ecuador. The Andean Condor project came third in the vote, missing out on £25,000 (€30,000) for urgent conservation work in Ecuador.

The poll was organised by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), which had shortlisted a number of conservation projects for grant funding. The most voted for project was Conserving Red Pandas, which won the grant. Votes were cast between 16 March and 30 March 2015.

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In the very remotest parts of South America, the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) can be seen soaring high over the Andes mountains as well as descending to lowland desert and coastal regions.

With a wing span of up to three metres, the Andean Condor is particularly graceful in flight. It is found in areas where there are few human settlements and, in Ecuador, the condor is persecuted for its predation of livestock.

The project proposed conservation activities to be carried out at FJ’s Antisanilla Biological Reserve, which is home to one of the most important roosting and nesting sites for Andean Condors in northern South America.

“We were very pleased to be championing the Antisanilla project in the EOCA vote in March, and although our project didn’t win, we congratulate Red Panda Network for a worthy victory. We were lucky enough to win the vote in 2014 with a project to save the Armenian leopard and so we know how good it feels to be rewarded with this grant!” said Charlotte Beckham, WLT’s Conservation Programmes Coordinator.

The project was nominated for entry in the poll by WLT corporate supporter Nikwax.

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