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New California Condor Exhibit Coming Soon to The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey
1 December 2009
Construction of a new outdoor exhibit for a pair of California Condors is now underway at The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey, with completion expected in spring 2010.
The exhibit will provide the only opportunity to see live California Condors on display in the United States outside of California. The 25-foot-tall structure will use state-of-the-art materials and allow unobstructed views of the huge birds. A cliff scene, complete with a cave-like nesting structure at the rear of the exhibit, will mimic the condors' natural habitat in remote locations like the Grand Canyon.
The World Center for Birds of Prey is home to the world's largest captive flock of endangered California Condors. Each year, young birds raised in Idaho are transported to northern Arizona for release to the wild.
The exhibit is strategically designed so that the pair of condors could breed and lay an egg in the nest cave. Biologists will be able to collect the egg and relocate it to The Peregrine Fund's on-site captive breeding facility, which would allow the young condor to be released to the wild.
The new exhibit will feature interpretive panels detailing the dramatic decline and the subsequent ongoing recovery of the California Condor and the important role that scavengers like the condor play in cleaning up the environment. Other details:Return to news releases