COOPERATIVE MANAGEMENT GROUP AND LATIN AMERICA STUDBOOK
One of the first steps taken in the project was to study the genetics of this specie throughout its distribution along South America. For this purpose, with the University of Wisconsin in USA, studies were carried out which proved that the Condor has a low genetic variability (Sher L. Hendrickson, Robert Bleiweiss, Juan Carlos Matheus, Lilly Silva de Matheus, Norberto Luis Jacome and Eduardo Pavez, 2003. Low Genetic Variability In The Geographically Widespread Andean Condor, The Condor, 105: 1-12. February 2003). It is worth mentioning that these studies, pioneering worldwide, received the Harry R. Painton Award from the Cooper Ornithological Society, USA, in 2005.
Furthermore, we worked intensely from the beginning so that the couples in captivity could reach reproductive conditions, initially at national level and since 2007 in all Latin America. For this purpose the most important zoos and regional rearing centres took part in a cooperative management and reproduction programme for species in captivity.
These efforts enable the consolidation of the Cooperative Management Group for the species, composed of international specialists, who published and distributed the first Latin America Studbook for the Andean Condor, which is a valuable document gathering scientific information from more than 275 condors (ALPZA 2015). Thanks to this important document that assembled useful information and population analysis, it was possible to make decisions that lead to the first breeding loan of condors between Chile and Colombia, which was achieved during 2015.
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