The chick, one among solely three Andean Condors to hatch in North American zoos within the final 12 months, was named by beneficiant mates of the Nationwide Aviary. As we speak, she fledged the nest for the primary time.
September 8, 2022 (Pittsburgh, Penn.) – Welcome, Marijo! The Nationwide Aviary as we speak introduced that the feminine Andean Condor chick who hatched on June 7 has been named by Wealthy Caruso and John and Mary Ann DiDonato, three beneficiant supporters of the Nationwide Aviary. Andean Condors are Critically Endangered in Ecuador, the place the Nationwide Aviary has labored for years to help conservation of the species. In an thrilling flip of occasions, Marijo fledged the nest this afternoon, taking her first steps out of the nest cave the place she has been staying along with her mom, Lianni. Marijo could proceed to spend a majority of her time within the nest cave as she acclimates.
Till as we speak, Marijo had been nestled in a nest cave within the craggy cliff facet of the Nationwide Aviary’s Condor Court docket habitat, which mimics the Excessive Andes environs the species inhabits within the wild. At a press convention Thursday, Wealthy Caruso, one of many three donors, pulled again a black material, revealing a photograph of the fluffy chick along with her identify, Marijo, in daring lettering.
“My expensive mates, John and Mary Ann DiDonato, and I are thrilled to have fun the hatching of this particular chick and to help the Nationwide Aviary’s work with Andean Condors,” mentioned Wealthy Caruso, Nationwide Aviary Board Member and buddy. “The identify ‘Marijo’ combines the primary two letters of every of our names. It’s an honor to know that this chick, who represents hope for her species, has a bit of bit of every of our names mirrored in hers.”
Andean Condors mature slowly and spend a number of months within the nest earlier than fledging. The chick is wholesome and thriving, and in just some months, she shall be as giant as her very attentive mom, Lianni. Andean Condors can weigh as much as 30 kilos and boast wingspans as large as 10 ft. Whereas within the nest cave, Marijo has not solely been rising in stature, but additionally in curiosity. The chick has been stretching her lengthy legs, flapping her wings to construct energy, and peering out of the cave. As we speak, she took her first steps out of the nest cave and started to discover her residence in Condor Court docket.
“Marijo’s hatching is a serious growth within the Nationwide Aviary’s longstanding work to assist Andean Condor populations rebound. We’re so grateful to have the ability to share this momentous event with our mates and supporters, Wealthy, John, and Mary Ann,” mentioned Cheryl Tracy, Government Director of the Nationwide Aviary.
Andean Condor populations within the wild have declined in latest a long time. The Nationwide Aviary has labored in Ecuador to assist alleviate pressures on condors by training initiatives that have interaction communities in caring for the species, subject analysis that will increase understanding and protections for Andean Condor habitats, and veterinary care developments which have helped rehabilitate wild condors. As scavengers, condors play a significant position in sustaining a wholesome ecosystem. Along with going through human pressures, Andean Condors reproduce slowly, producing just one egg each 12 to 18 months and caring for particular person chicks for a number of months, making it particularly tough for the inhabitants of this iconic species to rebound.
“Andean Condors are unbelievable, spectacular birds, and the Nationwide Aviary has been working in direction of the conservation of this species for a few years,” mentioned Kurt Hundgen, Director of Animal Care and Conservation Applications for the Nationwide Aviary. “Marijo is one among simply three Andean Condors to hatch in a North American zoo within the final 12 months—she may be very particular and her hatching represents a step ahead within the effort to save lots of this essential species.”
The Nationwide Aviary participates within the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) for Andean Condors. Via this collaborative effort, Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited establishments work to boost conservation of species like Andean Condors, working collectively to make sure all the inhabitants stays wholesome and genetically various for the long-term future.