From: the San Diego Zoo
Published February 14, 2008 09:27 AM

New Website Creates Online Condor Community

SAN DIEGO, CA — North America's largest flying bird was nearly lost to extinction, but thanks to a collaborative effort the California condor's future is flying high and news abounds. The recently launched Website, "California Condor Conservation," was created with new technology to provide the latest information from all of the organizations involved in this species' recovery.


Researchers, field biologists, keepers and many other partners involved in the California Condor Recovery Program will be posting blogs and providing photos and video from the field. Anyone from a student studying conservation to a bystander who witnesses a condor in the wild will have the opportunity to log on to www.cacondorconservation.org to ask the experts questions about the species.


Web videos will give viewers an up-close view of the wild condor population or an inside look at zoo breeding centers. This month's news video, in both English and Spanish, discusses the recent outbreak of lead poisoning at the Baja California, Mexico condor release site and what is being done to prevent a recurrence.


California Condor Conservation includes classroom tools, a newsletter, news releases from the recovery program partners and even bios of some of the condors. News, resources and blogs will be added and changed offering something new regularly.


The California Condor Recovery Program is built upon a foundation of private and public partnerships. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service implements the recovery program in partnership with other U.S. and Mexican government agencies, the Zoological Society of San Diego, Los Angeles Zoo, The Peregrine Fund, Oregon Zoo, Chapultepec Zoo, Ventana Wilderness Society and the National Park Service among others.


The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is operated by the not-for-profit Zoological Society of San Diego. The Zoological Society, dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and their habitats, engages in conservation and research work around the globe and is responsible for maintaining accredited horticultural, animal, library, and photo collections. The Zoological Society also manages the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park (more than half of which has been set aside as protected native species habitat) and the center for Conservation and Research for Endangered Species (CRES). The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by the Foundation for the Zoological Society of San Diego.


Contact Info:


Christina Simmons
Tel : 619-685-3291
E-mail : csimmons@sandiegozoo.org


Website : the San Diego Zoo


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