Condor Emergency Fund Appeal

Posted at 7:05 am July 16, 2008 by admin

Lightening struck Big Sur on June 21 and ignited several wildfires in the Ventana wilderness that combined to become the Basin Complex Fires. Within 24 hours the wildfire cutoff the only access road to the Ventana Wildlife Society’s Condor Sanctuary where seven young condors, awaiting their release to the wild, and their adult “mentor” condor were being held in a remote field pen. The fire grew so rapidly that the US Coast Guard was called in for an emergency rescue by helicopter. Fortunately, all captive condors and staff scientists were evacuated just before the fire grew stronger and burned through the area.

Oregon Zoo Announces 2008 Father of the Year

Posted at 4:03 pm June 13, 2008 by admin

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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.

Week of Achievement, Loss for Oregon Zoo Condor Program

Posted at 3:42 pm June 13, 2008 by admin

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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.


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:

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.

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.

Peregrine Fund Research Shows Lead Bullet Residues in Venison

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

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.

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.

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.