Friday, May 10, 2013

California Condor Chick Marks Great Victory - and TRC's Contribution

We love sharing good news.  The Peregrine Fund (Boise, ID) recently posted that the tiny California Condor chick that emerged from its shell a couple of weeks ago marked a major milestone for The Peregrine Fund. It was the 200th chick to hatch in the conservation group’s captive breeding facility since joining the effort to breed endangered condors in 1993. (You can read the press release here.) 

The captive breeding facility at The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey is home to 62 condors, the world’s largest flock of captive condors. This year, 18 pairs produced 20 eggs. When the chicks are about 9 months old, they are transferred to The Peregrine Fund’s release site near the Grand Canyon in Arizona, where they join the wild flock, which currently numbers 72 birds.

Some of you might recall Condor #350, the 18-month-old bird that was brought to TRC November 2005.  The bird was injured near his home range on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. He was one of only four condors that hatched and survived in the wild that year.

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