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California condor chick numbers on rise thanks to innovative procedure

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 21, 2019 12:27

California condor chick numbers on rise thanks to innovative procedure

Los Angeles Zoo has come up with a unique way of expanding the population of the rare California condor.Staff have been working on saving the condor for 30 years, and have now mastered how to fertilize its eggs.

The scavenging birds became so rare in the wild that the last 27 of the species were captured in 1987 and brought into captivity to try and save them from extinction.The condors, which have a wingspan of up to 9 feet, were reintroduced into the wild in the early 1990s but still the numbers didn’t grow at an exponential rate.

This is because the condor in the wild only gives birth to one fertile egg a year and that offspring is looked after by two parents. There are now around 500 California condors left in the world.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 21, 2019 12:27