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San Diego Zoo Starts Live Condor Camera

San Diego Zoo Global today launched a webcam that will give Internet visitors a glimpse into a California condor nest at the Safari Park.

A California condor at the Santa Barbara Zoo, taken in April 2009.
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Above: A California condor at the Santa Barbara Zoo, taken in April 2009.

The new camera view comes on the brink of mating season, so viewers might be able to see events previously witnessed only by animal handlers and biologists, like courtship, egg incubation, hatching, parents caring for the young and a chick's first flight.

The camera gives a birds-eye view of a nest in a tree within the Safari Park's condor breeding enclosure, which is off-limits to the public. Two of the big birds sat on a horizontal post during an examination of the camera this afternoon.

San Diego Zoo Global is the new name for the San Diego Zoological Society.

The live stream of the California condor enclosure can be found here.

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