PHOENIX, Ariz. – Two California condors have a new home at the Phoenix Zoo. Awexa and Appan are two lucky condors from a family of fliers that have almost disappeared.
The Phoenix Zoo is the only facility in Arizona to feature this kind rare kind of bird, which have nearly gone extinct as a result of natural habitat destruction, poaching and lead poisoning. According to the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation, there were only 22 California condors left in the wild by 1982.
Thanks to efforts by federal, state, conservation and nonprofit efforts, more than 200 of the birds thrive across Arizona, California, Utah, and Baja California in Mexico. Awexa and Appan were born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and eventually released into the wild in Baja California, Mexico. The birds were brought back into captivity when they were exposed to lead-contamination, and have remained in human care since their rehabilitation.
California condors can live up to 60 years, and can be seen soaring through the skies of Arizona and over the Grand Canyon.
The condors are currently on display for visitors to view. The Phoenix Zoo will officially welcome the condors to their new home and share their story of recovery on Wednesday, Feb. 11.
For more information about the condors and everything else the zoo has to offer, check out the Phoenix Zoo.