Archive for May, 2008

FATHER KNOWS BEST AT THE OREGON ZOO

Posted at 5:13 pm May 30, 2008 by admin

For Immediate Release
May 28, 2008

Public invited to vote for the 2008 Zoo Father of the Year

fathercontestcondor.jpgPORTLAND, Ore. — It’s time for dads to take center stage, and the Oregon Zoo wants your help in choosing its Zoo Father of the Year for 2008. Atishwin the California condor, Kiku the colobus monkey and Packy the Asian elephant are this year’s honored contenders. An on-line ballot featuring photos and short biographies of the zoo dads is posted on the zoo’s Web site: www.oregonzoo.org/Voter/vote_form.cfm.

Rare Condor Chick Gets Help Hatching, Blood Transfusion

Posted at 11:14 am May 23, 2008 by admin

For Immediate Release
May 22, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. — After a week of antibiotics and a blood transfusion from adult condor Nootka, Oregon Zoo staff is pleased to report that the newest zoo addition, an endangered California condor chick, has seemingly turned he corner and is getting stronger.

Sespe

Posted at 11:09 am May 23, 2008 by Ron Webb

SespeIn 1983, the California Condor Recovery Program was authorized to collect California condor eggs from wild nests in order to incubate and hatch them in a captive environment. Four eggs were collected from three different pairs in the mountains north of Los Angeles and east of Santa Barbara. All four eggs were taken to the San Diego Zoo where they were set in incubators and eventually hatched. It was the first time ever that a California condor hatched in captivity! This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of that historic occasion.

Breeding Season at the Wild Animal Park

Posted at 11:08 am May 23, 2008 by Ron Webb

Despite the wildfires of October 2007, the condors at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park had a productive breeding season. We weren’t exactly sure how the fire, and the loss of one of our breeding facilities would affect the 2008 season. Several birds had to be moved to new pens at a time when they are normally settling in to begin courtship. Although they started much later than they normally do, all of the birds performed admirably!

Hunting for a Solution

Posted at 10:53 am May 23, 2008 by Karyl Carmignani

No matter what species you are, ingesting lead can be fatal. The Peregrine Fund began studying the dangers of lead-based ammunition after the endangered California condors became sick or died from lead poisoning. Their research showed that the large scavengers were poisoned after feeding on carcasses and gut piles from game killed by hunters.

More Entries In Southern California

Posted at 2:25 pm May 21, 2008 by Joseph Brandt

Continuation from More Nests in Southern California.

More nests translate to a greater challenge for the field crew to monitor the nests and the movements of each pair as they take turns foraging for food over the backcountry of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Kern and Los Angeles counties. Monitoring the nests closely can provide cues in behavior that might indicate there is a problem with the egg or chick.

Peregrine Fund Research Shows Lead Bullet Residues in Venison

Posted at 10:01 am May 13, 2008 by admin

NEWS RELEASE
May 13, 2008

BOISE, Idaho - People who consume venison from game animals shot with lead bullets risk being exposed to lead, according to a joint study presented today by The Peregrine Fund and Washington State University at a conference of scientists, biologists and health experts at Boise State University.

More Nests in Southern California

Posted at 5:27 pm May 1, 2008 by Joseph Brandt

Where to begin? The 2008 nest guarding effort has kept the field crews, volunteers, and even the in house breeding programs quite busy this season and so far everyone’s hard team work has been up to the task of discovering new nests in the wild and entering nest sites when necessary.