Two New California Condor Chicks Born at San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is in the news again, this time for positive news.  Last week, two California Condor chicks were born at the San Diego Zoo, the first two of the year.  An additional two eggs are in the incubators, and will hopefully hatch soon.

The San Diego Zoo has produced 165 California Condor chicks since the 1980’s, the most of any zoo breeding program.   There are now over 370 California Condors in captivity and in the wild.  The California Condor is the largest North American land bird lives only in the Grand Canyon area, Zion National Park, and the Western coastal mountains of California.
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The California Condor is a large black vulture with patches of white under the wings and a mostly bald head.  The CA condor has a lifespan of up to 50 years.   Condor populations dropped dramtically in the 1900’s due to poaching, lead poisoning, and loss of habitat.  As of end of 2010 it was estimated there were 192 California Condors in the wild.

Last Sunday, the San Diego Zoo was in the news after a zoo keeper was clawed by a Giant Panda. The zoo keeper was reportedly clawed, bitten, and seriously injured.  The incident is still under investigation.

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