The Oakland Zoo and Ventana Wildlife Society have installed the first ever LIVE streaming webcam to monitor California condors in the wild.
For more than a year, teams at Ventana Wildlife Society, Oakland Zoo, CamZone, and FedEx have worked together to fund the camera and install it into a remote area of Big Sur, only accessible via a treacherous service road.
As of today, field biologists and the public are now able to see the largest North American land bird up-close from the convenience of their personal computer or device.
The idea that put this streaming webcam project in motion stems from Oakland Zoo’s participation with the California Condor Recovery Program.
In 2012, Oakland Zoo made a commitment to help rehabilitate sick or injured condors by building a facility specifically designed to treat the massive sized birds. Veterinary and zookeeper staff trained for several months in tandem with the veterinary staff of Los Angeles Zoo, which is currently the only Zoo in California able to treat lead poisoned condors.