The Andean condor as a research surrogate for the California condor

, , and


  • The Publications Warehouse does not have links to digital versions of this publication at this time
  • Download citation as: RIS


Captive propagation of Andean Condors (Vultur gryphus) was initiated at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in 1966 in anticipation of the need to apply resulting techniques to the captive breeding of the endangered California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus). This report summarizes the progress made on this Andean Condor breeding and research project, with emphasis on recent fostering/cross-fostering studies. These studies include: a) fostering eggs/chicks between Andean Condors; b) fostering of two chicks each to Andean Condor pairs; c) cross-fostering of a TurkeyVulture (Cathartes aura) to Andean Condors; and d) cross-fostering an Andean Condor chick to wild California Condors. Implications of these studies for the recovery of the California Condor will be discussed.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
The Andean condor as a research surrogate for the California condor
Year Published:
Publisher location:
Sacramento, CA
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Larger Work Type:
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Raptor Research Foundation Symposium on the Management of Birds of Prey. International Meeting. Session 3. Second International Vulture Symposium. November 1985,
First page:
2 [abstrac