As you may have heard by now, the Andean Condor won our Z-tickies challenge poll and will be the next endangered animal to be made glorious in sticky notes on the walls of the Zemoga Bogotá office!
But I bet you didn’t know that the condor plays an important part in the culture and history of Colombia. Not only is it the national bird of Colombia (depicted above on the Coat of Arms), but it’s been depicted in culture dating back to 2500 BCE!
From Wikipedia: In Andean mythology, the Andean Condor was associated with the sun deity, and was believed to be the ruler of the upper world. The Andean Condor is considered a symbol of power and health by many Andean cultures, and it was believed that the bones and organs of the Andean Condor possessed medicinal powers, sometimes leading to the hunting and killing of condors to obtain its bones and organs.
For Colombia, the olive leaf crown the condor holds in its mouth on the Coat of Arms represents freedom and the Andean Condor itself symbolizes the Colombian people’s freedom and sovereignty. It was selected as a national symbol for the country in 1834.