While we were at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in April, one of the things that the kidlets really enjoyed was the Condor Trail. They have several California Condors on display on Condor Ridge at the Safari Park.
The California Condor is the largest North American land bird. This condor became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all 22 remaining wild individuals were captured) and through captive breeding, the numbers are back up and some California Condors have been reintroduced into the wild.
The ones on display at the Safari Park live in this enclosure:
Look at how big they are:
Up by the enclosure, there were several docents there to answer questions and help educate people. They had this fabric Condor “wing span” that they held up for my little man and my nephew to measure their own arms against so that they could get an idea of how big the Condor’s wings are.
And this is an actual puppet that they used to help the Condors with breeding and caring for their eggs.
While we were up on the ridge, the boys really enjoyed the view.
And lastly, the highlight of the boys visit to see the California Condors was by far the remnants of their breakfast that day. Ick.
They were absolutely fascinated, though.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is separate from the San Diego Zoo and it’s located at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd in Escondido, CA 92027