Archive for April, 2008

First Zoo-hatched Chick Turns 20

Posted at 9:26 am April 29, 2008 by admin

Twenty years ago, the California Condor Recovery Program began a new era when condors known as AC-4 and UN-1 produced the first egg to be laid and hatched in a managed setting. The resulting chick, Molloko, turns 20 years old on April 29, 2008..

Hace 20 años, los cóndores californianos conocidos como AC-4 y UN-1 ayudaron a avanzar el California Condor Recovery Program con el primer huevo puesto y empollado en un zoológico. El polluelo, Molloko, cumple 20 años el 29 de abril del 2008.

Genetic Diversity Among California Condors

Posted at 3:22 pm April 22, 2008 by admin

The California Condor Recovery Program’s breeding efforts began with approximately 20 birds. Genetic diversity was immediately a concern. A reader recently asked:

Since the current population of 300 birds has, over a period of about twenty years, grown from a collection of approximately twenty individuals, how is the resultant lack of genetic diversity going to affect this new population? And, are the birds that have been introduced to the wild reproducing at a population-sustainable rate.

Oregon Zoo Condor Facility Reports Record Egg Numbers

Posted at 3:54 pm April 18, 2008 by admin

Endangered California Condors Produce Eighth Egg of the Season

PORTLAND, Ore. — Endangered California condors at the Oregon Zoo’s Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation have produced a record number of eggs this year. Eight eggs have been laid at the off-site facility since February, one from each mature pair of birds, and the zoo anticipates its most successful condor-breeding season ever.

Two Chicks Hatch at San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park

Posted at 10:48 am April 8, 2008 by Yadira Galindo

The first two California condor chicks for the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park 2008 season have hatched. The chicks, the 140th and 141st to hatch at the Wild Animal Park, are being hand raised by keepers.

Los cuidadores del cóndor de California en el San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park estan criando dos polluelos, los primeros en empollar en el Parque durante la estación del 2008. Estos polluelos, el cóndor 140 y el 141 en nacer en el Parque, serán criados a mano.

Chicks Hatch at San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park

Posted at 12:00 pm April 7, 2008 by admin

Keepers at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park fed a 2-day-old California condor chick, the first for the 2008 season, for the first time Monday. A second chick is expected to hatch any time, while four eggs are still being incubated.


Posted at 10:40 am April 7, 2008 by admin

lowcondor17web.jpgTama is the star of the show at the Oregon Zoo, with plenty of fire and spunk. She was caught in the wild in 1985 as part of the California Condor Recovery Program. At the time, it was estimated that only 17 birds were remaining in the wild.