Until now, Grand Canyon visitors could only experience condors from afar as the mighty birds sailed along the rim of the Grand Canyon. But now, visitors can get up-close encounters with the magnificent condor that boasts a 10-foot wingspan. The Grand Canyon Condor Encounter — a live bird show by nationally-recognized show performer Joe Krathwohl — features fascinating free-flying falcons, eagles and owls, plus a giant condor. This is the first program of its kind and will enhance the visitor experience for thousands of Grand Canyon visitors.
With birds flying closely overhead, visitors get a close look at the birds in action as they learn how different species survive. This spectacular live show provides facts about birds of prey, conservation efforts, and how to help protect these species – all in an entertaining way. The show is a newly featured area attraction that unfolds several times a day at the new outdoor amphitheater located within the National Geographic Visitor Center. Grand Canyon Condor Encounter is a limited-time engagement with shows daily starting in mid May until mid September.
Grand Canyon Condor Encounter live bird show is produced and presented by Joe Krathwohl from Birds and Beast Production. The show blends and balances entertainment, education and conservation all in a captivating 20-minute presentation. The show features some 12 to15 raptor and other bird species, including a magnificent condor.
“The National Geographic Visitor Center is excited to offer an up-close encounter with these raptors and other birds as part of our commitment to entertain, educate and enlighten visitors from around the world about natural wonders and wildlife here at the Grand Canyon,” said Brent Kok, visitor center and IMAX theater director. “Our goal is to make sure our visitors gain a higher level of understanding and appreciation for this special place in order for them to get the most out of their vacation experience at the Grand Canyon.”
The National Geographic Visitor Center and IMAX Theater has partnered with the nonprofit Peregrine Fund and proceeds help support the group’s successful, ongoing efforts at reintroduction of condors into northern Arizona’s wild canyon country.
“This is a really exciting form of interpretation,” said Chris Parish, California Condor Reintroduction Project Director for The Peregrine Fund. “It’s a form of interpretation that is going to have a lasting impact on individuals. All of our work is for naught, unless the public is aware of the condors’ comeback in the wild. This effort plays an integral role in conservation.” Parish added that while federal and state land management agencies are key partners in recovery efforts and provide some funding for reintroduction efforts of the federally listed endangered California Condor, The Peregrine Fund also has been taking a lead role and raises and spends about $800,000 each year in the group’s highly successful efforts at bringing condors back into the wild.
Nature Valley® is the presenting sponsor of the Condor Encounter show at the National Geographic Visitor Center. “We are proud to support this show, which provides an incredible close-up experience with nature,” said Stephanie Hu, Nature Valley brand manager. “Nature Valley is committed to supporting the enjoyment of nature and we encourage visitors to experience this unique opportunity at the Grand Canyon.”
For Condor Encounter ticket price information, show times and more about the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and IMAX theater located one mile south of the Grand Canyon National Park visit: explorethecanyon.com.
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