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2 condor chicks born at Safari Park

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The first two California condor chicks of 2011 were born last week at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, it was announced Monday.

The California Condor Recovery Program traditionally has had humans handle condor eggs until they hatched, but these two were hatched by their parents, who are raising the chicks, the zoo reported.

Two other eggs are in incubators.

When the program started in the 1980s, there were an estimated 22 condors left in the world. The park has hatched 165 chicks, releasing 80 into the wild in California, Arizona and Baja California.

Condor breeding is also taking place at the Los Angeles Zoo, World Center for Birds of Prey, and Oregon Zoo. Eggs have been laid in the wildm as well, bringing the population to an estimated 370.

The centers are exchanging eggs to broaden the gene pool.

The recovery program is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, zoos in the U.S. and Mexico and other government agencies.

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