FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 23, 2012
CONTACT: SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL
PHOTO NEWS RELEASE
California Condor Chick Passes First Vet Exam at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
After its first veterinary check up on Monday, Saticoy, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s 6-week-old California condor, settled quickly back into the nest. Until today, Safari Park keepers and veterinarians had only observed the chick through Condor Cam (www.sandiegozooglobal.org/video/condor_cam
), just like Saticoy’s loyal followers, who have watched the chick, noting the growth of its secondary and darker feathers and seeing the chick increase to the size of a bowling ball that weighs 8 pounds. Veterinarians administered a routine West Nile Virus vaccination to protect the chick from the disease, inserted a small microchip for identification, similar to those domestic dogs and cats carry, and took a small blood sample to run a complete blood evaluation. The sample will also be used to identify whether the chick is a male or female, and the results will take several days. Since the California Condor Recovery Program began in the 1980s, when there were only 22 condors left in the world, the Safari Park has hatched 174 chicks and released more than 80 condors in the wild. Today, there are approximately 386 condors, more than half of which are flying free in California, Arizona and Baja California, Mexico.Photo taken on April 23, 2012, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
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