Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA  93103
(805) 962-5339 (Phone)   |   (805) 962-1673 (Fax)
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California Condors
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10:00 AM (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily)
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   With the opening of California Trails on Earth Day 2009, the Santa Barbara Zoo became one of a handful of zoos to exhibit these highly endangered scavengers – the largest land birds in North America, with wingspans topping 9˝ feet. The Santa Barbara Zoo’s condors are still part of the recovery program and wear wing tags that identify them as individuals. The lower the number, the older the bird.
   Wing tags allow us to tell the birds apart, but also embodies this essential point: with California condors still critically endangered, each bird is vital to conservation. Starting with first wild birds studied in the 1980s, each condor hatched is given a sequential number which now appears on their wing tags. Condors in the wild also have VHF transmitters sewn into their tags. Tags have two numbers large enough to be read with binoculars from across a canyon or in the sky, and to tell them apart here at the Zoo. The colors denote hundreds (see chart below).
   The Zoo’s oldest bird, 174, hatched in 2008 – her tag is red (100s) with “74.” Condor 603, hatched more recently in 2011, has a purple tag (denoting 600s) with “3.” Researchers may need another color soon, as the consecutive numbers could top 800. That’s good news for condor conservation!
   The Zoo is open every day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. We occasionally close early for special events. Parking: $7/vehicle, payable on arrival (free with SB Zoo Membership).
   Event Category & Type:   Zoological ( Exhibits & Exhibitions)

   Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA  93103

   Phone:  (805) 962-5339
   Internet:  Website

   This event is ..... Open to the Public, Indoor/Outdoor, Handicapped Accessible, Smoking Permitted, but with some restrictions, Cell Phones & Pagers Permitted, but with some restrictions, Cameras & Recording Permitted, but with some restrictions, NO Pets & Animals, All Welcome, Casual


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