FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 16, 2013
CONTACT: SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL
PHOTO NEWS RELEASE
A BIRTHDAY FIT FOR A CONDOR
California condor Sespe carefully examined her birthday cake, made by San Diego Zoo Safari Park keepers for her 30th birthday, this morning. The special enrichment cake was constructed of cardboard and filled with treats that a condor would love: mice, rats, meatballs and beef spleen.
Of the three condors celebrating their 30th
birthday today, Sespe is the only one currently on exhibit and on view to the public in the Safari Park’s Condor Ridge. Sisquoc, also 30 today, can be seen online via Condor Cam (www.sandiegozooglobal.org/video/condor_cam
) taking care of his recent chick. The other birthday condor, Almiyi, is currently in the condor breeding program, making great contributions to the condor population.
In the 30 years that these three condors have been at the Safari Park, the recovery program has come a long way. Beginning in the 1980s, there were only 22 condors left in the world. The Safari Park has now hatched over 170 chicks and released more than 80 birds in the wild. Currently there are now more than 400 condors, more than half of which are flying free in California, Arizona and Baja California, Mexico.
Photo taken on April 16, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
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