The Andean condor
, found throughout the Andes from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, is threatened in its northern range and has become rare in Venezuela and Colombia.
Sonya and Gus were last night settling into their new pounds 100,000 Welsh Mountain Zoo home.
By 1980, more than 50 Andean condor
eggs had been laid at Patuxent alone.
Additionally, the hacienda is home to many Andean species, including healthy populations of spectacled bear, woolly tapir, Andean condors
, puma, and northern pudu (just slightly larger than the southern pudu--the world's smallest deer).
The initial inoculation included 32 California condors and 4 Andean condors
Late this summer, scientists plan to release radio-tagged Andean condors
, a related and less critically endangered species, in California to scout out the possible environmental hazards their California cousins may encounter.
In this study, we dosed four Andean condors
(Vultur gryphus) with lead shot and found them to be quite sensitive, as two of the birds died and the other two exhibit signs of lead poisoning within 50 days.
Unlike the closely related Andean condors
with their white neck fluff or king vultures with brilliant black-and-white coloring, California condors are not much to see.
A pair of Andean condors
, Gus and Sonya, hold residency at the Colwyn Bay attraction, and are part of a carefully controlled European Breeding Programme.
Here visitors may find Magellan's geese, long-tailed meadowlarks, Andean condors
, Chilean flamingos, swans--such as the black-necked and the Coscoroba--and numerous species of ducks.
The birds include saddlebill storks, abdim storks, wattled and other assorted cranes, Andean condors
, flamingos, swans, geese, scarlet ibis and spoonbills.
To the Welsh Mountain Zoo to marvel at the Sumatran tigers, sealions, marmosets and Andean condors