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Posted on May 27 at 2:26 p.m.
I have never known Michael to make a mistake, but I must point out that the Zoo is only 30 acres in size (not 45) and that the train wasn't built until 1968. He was, as usual, spot-on in his retelling of Lillian Child's story. You can often tell a longtime Santa Barbara resident as they usually refer to the Santa Barbara Zoo as The Childs Zoo. It was never named that, but her last name lends itself to the idea of a place for children. I love that fact that her husbands were all named "John." Just made it easier, I guess, in more ways than one. -- Julia McHugh, Public Relations Director, Santa Barbara Zoo
On The Child Estate
Posted on March 16 at 10:11 p.m.
Just for the record, the Santa Barbara Zoo doesn't have a captive breeding program. We are holding four juveniles and this one adult bird until they move into the captive breeding program. There are four locations: Los Angeles Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park, Oregon Zoo, and the Peregrine World Center for Birds of Prey (Boise, ID), where all four of these birds were hatched. Some birds can't be released into the wild, for various reasons, and some condors, like 327, can't make it in the wild. The good news is that there are now more condors flying in the wild than in captivity and that there are at least three active nest sites about 40 miles from here that the Zoo and US Fish and Wildlife Service are monitoring. Check out Matt Kettman's excellent cover story on condors, which ran in the Independent on January 7. And, hey, some of us think they are pretty "cute..."
On Bird Brains
Posted on April 13 at 9:21 p.m.
You can see brown pelicans at the Zoo -- they are next to the penguins in an exhibit with really cool Inca terns. I believe that are local recovery birds, from the Wildlife Care Network.
On Condor Country
Posted on March 9 at 9:53 a.m.
There are now more condors flying free than there are in captivity. There are a total of 321 birds -- up from just 22 in 1984. More wild condors are buildings nests and their chicks are having successful fledgings (first flights). There is still plenty to do to "save" the species and having some birds breeding in captivity is still the best way to do that. Check out the exhibit when it opens, it overlooks the Bird Refuge and not the freeway. Having people see these birds up close will hopefully inspire them to help save them and other endangered species.
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