National Aviary Saddened by Loss of Condor Chick


On the morning of June 9, we observed abnormal parenting behavior by the male condor, Lurch, and unfortunately, we have determined that the chick has not survived. We are all deeply saddened by this news.

The first 48 hours after hatching are a critical time as both parents and chicks establish their instinctual care behaviors and routines. Our animal care and veterinary teams have been monitoring the parents and the chick very closely throughout this time. Both parents and the chick were exhibiting normal behaviors and had optimal conditions for success. This outcome was very unfortunate and unpredictable but is not uncommon during this delicate stage.

The entire staff of the National Aviary is deeply saddened, but we remain hopeful for the future of our condor breeding program. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we mourn this loss.