Animal Conservation

1 egg for the condor at the Oregon Zoo’s Jonsson Center

Condor number 756 also delivered an egg last year

Condor number 756 watches her egg she laid, January 16, 2022 (Oregon Zoo)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Number 756 has returned.

Just like in 2021, California condor #756 laid the first egg of the year at Oregon Zoo’s Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation. If all goes as planned, the condor should hatch in March.

Last year, 10 condor chicks were bred. There are only about 500 of these endangered birds in the world, zoo officials said.

A A 24/7 video camera is configured to monitor the health of condor chicks and their parents.

The Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation, located in rural Clackamas County on open land owned by Metro, is where 14 pairs of condors live. But some of the pairs have never raised chicks before and condor monitor Kelli Walker said there was a bit of a learning curve.

Oregon Zoo condors

“Young condor couples could take a few tries to get it right,” Walker said in a statement. “That’s to be expected. We monitor all nesting areas and will check eggs to ensure they are developing properly. »

Since 2003, more than 70 chicks have hatched at the center, officials said. Several eggs laid by condors at the Oregon Zoo were placed in wild nests to hatch.