Milestone: Free-flying condors outnumber those in captivity
According to the Peregrine Fund, there are now more California Condors flying free than are in captivity for breeding purposes. It's the first year that this has happened.
Two condor chicks fledged from their nests in the Grand Canyon this month, bringing the world population of free-flying wild condors to 169. 158 condors are in captivity.
Of the 169 condors in the wild, 67 are in Arizona, 83 are in California, and 19 are in Mexico.
The Grand Canyon chicks are the offspring of two sets of condor parents nesting in the canyon’s remote ledges and caves. The chicks hatched in May and were first observed testing their wings in September and October. The fledglings make a total of nine wild chicks hatched in the Grand Canyon since 1996. Eight are still alive. --C.H.
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