Nine critically endangered California condors hatched this spring at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, the biggest batch of chicks in the zoo’s 18-year history of condor conservation efforts.
According to a zoo press release, the first chick hatched on March 13, with the most recent hatching on May 12.
“It’s been an amazing, record-breaking year already, and we still might get another chick,” said Dr Kelly Flaminio, overseer of the zoo’s condor recovery efforts.
“Every new arrival brings us one step closer to recovery,” Flaminio said. “With scarcely more than 500 of these birds on the planet, each new chick is critical for the species’ survival.”
Footage shared by the zoo on May 20 shows the fledgling condors and their parents. Credit: Oregon Zoo via Storyful