Franklin Park Zoo’s 2012 PreZOOdential candidate:

 

 

Tito, Andean condor
Platform: Wildlife protection

 

Tito has lived at Franklin Park Zoo since April 1996. At the age of 55, Tito is the oldest of the 2012 candidates. He has diverse, cultural experience, having lived at the Mayaguez Zoological Garden of Puerto Rico. Andean condors have impressive 10-foot wingspans, which allow them to soar high above the ground while scanning for carrion far below. These birds are one of the largest flying birds in the world, with females weighing 17 to 24 pounds and males weighing 24 to 33 pounds. After Andean condors were nearly hunted to extinction, they were placed on the endangered species list in 1973. Their historical range is the Andes Mountains of South America, from Venezuela to the islands of Tierra del Fuego in the Strait of Magellan. Their primary threat is predation by humans for various reasons.

 

Tito was introduced to his mate Inti when she moved to Franklin Park Zoo in 2005. As the only feathered candidate, Tito promises to keep a birds-eye view on things around the Zoo if he is elected.