California Condors thriving at Oregon Zoo
Zoo staff returned from Boise with five condors that will live in the zoo's Johnsson Center for Wildlife Conservation, and two -- male Alishaw (#90) and male Maluk (#55) -- will participate in the breeding program. Three will live in a large pre-release pen until they can be released into the wild.
Three of the new residents include male No. 461 (left), male No. 465 and female No. 464.
In a press release, condor curator Shawn St. Michael said, "Given the very social nature of condors and the slow maturation of juveniles, it's important to keep the youngsters with a mentor so they learn proper behavior. If left to their own devices, as is common for human teenagers, they will get into all sorts of trouble."