Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has put back online its popular Condor Cam, featuring lovebirds Sisquoc and Shatash. The celebrity pair of nesting California condors drew over a half a million views last year-and this year promises to be no different. Keepers confirmed that Shatash, the female condor, laid an egg on Sunday, Jan. 27. With only 404 California condors in existence, this endangered species is still an uncommon sight, making this egg all the more significant.
Online visitors can watch Condor Cam at www.sandiegozooglobal.org/video/condor_cam for all the action. For decades, field biologists, behaviorists and animal care staff were the only people able to witness a condor’s parental behavior. This behavior has only recently been available for public viewing with the hatching of the condor parents’ first egg, laid this time last year.