Friday, July 17, 2009

California Condors thriving at Oregon Zoo

Oregon Zoo's condor breeding program recently took four California Condors to The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho. The three females -- Yak'Mo (#496), Ewauna (#481) and Kalak-ala (#487) -- and one male (Atfa'lai'i, #479) were hatched and raised at the zoo and will be released into different regions. Ewauna and Kalak-ala will be released along the California coast; Yak'Mo in Arizona; and Atfa'lat'i in Baja California, Mexico.

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."

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Blogger Americas Best Zoos author said...

What I really wonder is if the Oregon Zoo will eventually put these amazing birds on display in the Zoo. They are now seen in 4 North American zoo: San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park, Santa Barbara, and down in Mexico City -- where I recently saw them up close. I've also seen them flying free in the Grand Canyon. So beautiful!

Allen Nyhuis, Coauthor: America's Best Zoos

July 18, 2009 4:51 PM  

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