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First wild-hatched condor chick of 2011 successfully fledges

Three young condor birds set a record this year: the greatest number of chicks hatched in the wild in one breeding season since efforts to recover endangered condors in the Grand Canyon region began in 1996. Two of the three California condor chicks that hatched in the wild earlier this year are doing well, including one that recently took its first flight from the nest and another that is close to fledging. However, one chick recently was found dead below its nest cave in the Grand Canyon. In 1987, there were only 22 remaining wild condors in the world. As of April 2011, there are known to be 181 condors living in the wild. Learn more about the condor chicks at: http://www.nps.gov/grca/parknews/2011-11-10_condors.htm.

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