THE ANDEAN CONDOR WITH HIS SQUABS

March 25, 2016

For thousands of years, the Andean condor the world’s largest flying bird lived in harmony with the indigenous communities in South America who have considered it a spirit, “the spirit of the Andes”, a sacred nexus between men and their gods. However, from the conquest of America, the colonists declared plague and killed him believing mistakenly attacking their livestock, when in fact is carrion.

Inhabitant of another time, today their survival has become a challenge for conservation. The unjustified killing has led to extinction in large areas of distribution; these environmental problems affecting the welfare of these animals are added.
huevo de condor
Condors have a low reproduction rate, in the best seasons they put a single egg and raise one chick every two or three years. But in captivity, it is possible to remove the egg stimulating a second clutch remains in the care of the pair of condors.

The eggs removed from the nests are transferred to an artificial incubation center, there’s weigh, measure and are carefully arranged in an incubator, each week embryo development is controlled.

During the two months that strict parameters incubation temperature and humidity are maintained. On the day, the delayed three days to crack the egg to chick out during this process is assisted permanently to minimize the risks of birth.
squab
Squabs reared in human occupation are cared for and fed birds puppets representing their parents. The size of the squab is favoured by his recognition with their own species. Then, they are moved to special rooms where they complete their plumage and maturity, and will remain there until being included in a migration clan.