A SERVICE OF THE OUTDOOR WIRE DIGITAL NETWORK
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018
First Andean Condor chick expected in an AZA accredited North American zoological organization since 2016
Pittsburgh, PA – The National Aviary announces that a pair of Andean Condors, Lianni and Lurch, produced an egg, which is expected to hatch around May 18th. If successful, this hatching will be the first since 2016 in an AZA accredited North American Zoo. Visitors to the National Aviary will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Lianni as she incubates her egg nestled inside a cave in the Aviary’s Condor Court habitat.
“Andean Condor populations are declining, and every hatching is important.” says National Aviary Executive Director Cheryl Tracy. “We’re proud to contribute to a global effort to save this incredible species through a collaborative breeding program and through our field conservation projects in Ecuador. And, we are thrilled to be able to share the Andean Condor story with National Aviary visitors.”
Andean Condors are the world’s largest flighted bird, boasting a wingspan of approximately 10 feet. These massive vultures typically lay only one egg about every 18 – 24 months. The National Aviary’s Andean Condor breeding program is part of global effort to save Andean Condors which are threatened throughout much of their range and critically endangered in Ecuador.
The National Aviary is the only zoo in North America that is home to two breeding pairs of Andean Condors and participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) which is designed to maintain a healthy, genetically diverse and demographically stable population for the long-term future. Lianni has had four chicks as a part of this program over the years (not including this newly laid egg).
About the National Aviary
The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through exhibits create an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. For admission rates and more information visit www.aviary.org.