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Baby condor and flamingo chicks are welcomed at Bolivian zoo

An endangered condor and 14 flamingo chicks were unveiled on February 6, at Vesty Pakos Zoo, in La Paz, Bolivia. The female condor was named Illimani, in honour of the emblematic mountain of La Paz. It was born on December 20, 2016, and became the first animal of this species to be born in captivity in Bolivia. Zoo director Andrea Morales said she hoped more condors would be born at the zoo in the future. "We were lucky to have a baby condor, a female, born on December 20. The egg was brooded since October of last year and after that, the baby condor was born. Currently, the parents of the baby condor take care of it in the interior of its nest and they have the nest well protected," said Morales.

Illimani was kept from the public until Monday, when zookeepers felt it was big and healthy enough to ensure that it will grow to adulthood by year's end. The zoo also introduced 14 month-old flamingo chicks to the public. The chicks were born after zoo workers recovered eggs in Laguna Colorada, located in the National Reserve of Andean Fauna Eduardo Abaroa, in the highlands of the department of Potosi. Eleven of the flamingos are of the James species and three of the Andean species. This reserve does not buy animals, all the species it houses are recovered animals who have been injured in their environment or by animal traffickers. Many are returned to their natural habitat, as part of the native species rescue program.

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