2 condor chicks, 1 adult found alive after Calif. wildfire

The chick pictured here was one of two found alive. Credit: Ventana Wildlife Society

Biologists found two condor chicks alive amidst the charred area created by the Dolan Fire in Central California. The wildfire swept through the Ventana Wildlife Society’s California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) sanctuary in late August, burning an area with several known nests. Conservationists feared the worst for the adult condors and chicks in the reserve, but biologists have since found two chicks and one adult alive. The society is currently raising money to rebuild the facility, which includes a release pen that was destroyed in the flames. A total of eleven condors — nine adults and subadults and two chicks — remain missing as the fire continues to burn.

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