We are happy to say that we have come to the end of a great California condor breeding season here at the Wild Animal Park. Our last two eggs of the season have hatched, and all our chicks are healthy and growing.
Archive for June, 2008
Nikoy (pronounced “NEE-koy”) lives in the California condor exhibit at Condor Ridge at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. He is housed with two adult condors, male Meymey and female Sespe (see their blog entries from March 25, 2008 and May 23, 2008). He has not always lived here at the Park. He hatched here in 2004, and was raised as a release candidate, which means he had minimal human contact in order to maximize his chances for success after being released to the wild. He was sent to the release site at Sierra de San Pedro de Martir National Park in Baja California, Mexico when he was 14 months old. After a year socializing with his cohort and his field mentor, Xewe (see her blog entry from January 23, 2008), he was set free in 2006.
For Immediate Release
June 13, 2008
Packy is 2008 Zoo Father of the Year
PORTLAND, Ore. — Father’s Day isn’t until Sunday, but Oregon Zoo is announcing Packy as Zoo Father of the Year for 2008 a few days early. The Asian elephant dad was the overall winner with nearly 45 percent of the online votes, squeaking by last by last year’s winner Atishwin, a California condor, with 41 percent. Kiku, a colobus monkey, was the third runner-up with 14 percent.
For Immediate Release
June 6, 2008
Zoo celebrates new arrival, then mourns death of 4-week-old assist-hatch chick
PORTLAND, Ore. — In an emotional week for the Oregon Zoo‘s condor team, keepers were elated Tuesday at the hatching of the season’s last chick, then devastated a day later when a 4-week-old assist-hatched chick died during emergency surgery.
The animal carcasses that condors rely on for food are widely distributed across the landscape and are relatively unpredictable in their occurrence. Condors must regularly make long-distance foraging flights over large areas to maximize their chances to detect a suitable meal. Because of their large size condors can conserve energy by soaring for long periods without flapping their wings, similar to albatrosses. Condors require strong and consistent thermal winds to achieve the altitudes needed to make these long-distance soaring flights in search of food.