Archive for August, 2008
It has been quite surreal and a nightmarish déjà vu for keepers here at the Wild Animal Park to see all that our Condor Partners from the Ventana Wildlife Society have been through in the last couple of months because of the Basin Fire in the Big Sur area.
It seems like it was just yesterday that we were walking through our incinerated Condor Facility after the Witch Creek fire, wondering a million and one “What Ifs” while at the same time feeling immensely thankful that were we able to get all our birds out in time. (more…)
In the spring of 1982, a condor hatched in the rugged wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest, in the Sespe Condor Sanctuary, just north of Fillmore, California. By the time it fledged, or left its nest, in late summer, only 22 California condors existed in the world. The California Condor Recovery Program decided to form a “captive flock” of condors at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park and the Los Angeles Zoo in the hope of breeding condors to be released back into the wild to help increase the size of the “wild flock.” The plan was to collect juvenile condors or wild-laid eggs to hatch in captivity (see Sespe’s blog entry from May 23, 2008). When these chicks and fledglings would reach maturity, the goal was to release their offspring to the wild. (more…)
The San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park curator of birds delivered a $10,000 check to aid the Ventana Wildlife Society in its recovery from a devastating wildfire. A California condor formerly from the Wild Animal Park was lost in the fire.
“The Ventana Wildlife Society is one of our partners in the conservation of the California condor,” said Michael Mace, Wild Animal Park curator of birds. “To date, the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park has sent 34 condors for release to the condor sanctuary in Big Sur. Ventana’s success is as important as our success in reestablishing this critically endangered species in California.” (more…)
Is that a condor?
After weeks of waiting for the right moment, I organized a trip to the Ventana Wildlife Society’s condor sanctuary with a photographer, videographer, and the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park curator of birds, Michael Mace. I wanted to see for myself the damage caused by the Big Sur wildfires in June, while Michael wanted to hand-deliver a $10,000 check from the San Diego Zoo’s California Condor Fire Relief fund to the Ventana Wildlife Society.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 22, 2008
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MISSING WILD CONDOR WAS FROM SAN DIEGO ZOO’S WILD ANIMAL PARK
BIG SUR, CALIF. — This week the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park curator of birds delivered a $10,000 check to aid the Ventana Wildlife Society in its recovery from a devastating wildfire. A California condor formerly from the Wild Animal Park was lost in the fire.
Two condors, a 6 year old and a 3 year old, are now presumed dead and haven’t been seen since the fire. We had picked up radio signals for one of these birds after the fire but now believe these were not actually from the radio transmitter on the bird and likely from some interference on the same channel. We are at least fortunate that all biologists and captive condors were safely evacuated before the fire burned the sanctuary.