Kali, a female based on size, was found as one of two eggs in a nest at a logging site. Her parents had apparently abandoned the nest due to the logging disturbance. The eggs were incubated and after they hatched 30 days later, they were turned over to a rehabilitator. Every precaution was taken to keep her from imprinting on humans: residing with a sibling and in sight of an adult bird 24/7, fed by humans in 'ghost' costumes, and the adult vulture eating in front of the babies. Yet, on release, even with her sibling and wild vultures present, she kept coming down to humans, including children. Turkey Vultures, as scavengers, are intelligent and curious and Kali is no exception. Kali joined the Education Team in November 2003. Kali is part of the training as enrichment team.
Adoptive "Parents" of Kali:
Diane Simmons • Diana Little • The Westlind Family
Ann & Robert Schmidt • Hilliard Gastfriend
Patricia Van Hartesveldt • Laura & Jimmy Jewell
Lane Forest Products • Jennifer Barker and Joseph Morris
Ann Oldfather • Tommy Schreiner and Sara Parker