Today I want to write about one of the great conservation success stories, the California condor.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- They have a massive wingspan of just under 3 metres, allowing them to soar very high in the sky and catch warm gusts of wind without needing flap their wings. They can fly to up to an altitude of 15,000 feet.
- Like other vultures, they eat carrion, which is an animal that is already dead. Their amazing eyesight helps them to see their meals from a long way away.
- They don’t have any feathers on their head so that they don’t get messy when they stick their heads into a carcass.
- When they get hot, they wee on their own legs. This cools down their blood which then goes through the rest of the body, keeping them cool.
- in 1987, there were only 8 California condors left in the wild and they were on the brink of extinction, so they were taken into captivity and a breeding program was started. Zoologists invented special puppets that looked like adult condor heads to feed the chicks. Thankfully, it worked and in 1992 the first condors were reintroduced back into the wild and they are now gradually building up again in numbers.
I hope that you found these facts interesting.
Are there any interesting facts that you would like to share about California condors?