Oldest known California condor in North America turns 50

Apr 20, 2016 6:56 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Zoo says one of its most famous residents is turning 50 this month.

Topatopa is the oldest known California condor in North America.

He was hatched sometime in April of 1966 and a year later became the first wild-born condor captured for a breeding program to save a species on the verge of extinction.

Topa is now the proud father of 34 chicks, including one that hatched on April 4. Some chicks have been released back into the wild.

There are now around 415 California condors in North America

The zoo's bird curator, Mike Maxcy, says nobody knows the life expectancy of a California condor but he says Topa is going strong - and he's still fathering eggs.

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