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Posted
05/18/2016
California Condor Chick Hatches at Kofords Ridge (2:06)
Partners: Santa Barbara Zoo, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, and others
Produced by: Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Overview

On April 4, 2016, a California condor egg hatched in the wild, and for the first time in history, anyone with an Internet connection could watch it.

The egg was incubated as part of the California Condor Recovery Program's captive breeding effort at Los Angeles Zoo and replaced the California condor #111 and California condor #509 pair's wild-laid egg that went missing in March. Biologists quickly mobilized to replace the missing egg with a dummy egg to ensure the male and female continued to incubate at the nest. On April 2, 2016, the captive-bred egg was placed into the nest. The soon-to-be condor parents – 22-year-old female condor (condor #111) and her seven-year-old mate (condor #509) – have been courting since fall of 2014, and hatched their first wild chick together in April 2015. Sadly, the pair's first chick died from lead poisoning, a harsh reality of the man-made threat condors continue to face in the wild.

Over the next several months, a live streaming video from a cliffside nest at Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Ventura County, California, will capture the young condor's journey to adulthood. The condor cam is a collaboration between the Santa Barbara Zoo, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Last updated: April 25, 2016