Condor Camp! A Unique Field Biology Expedition for Teens

Research Opportunities For many years, Oakland Zoo has expanded the minds of young people through unique and life changing international expeditions. This year, we bring our focus to a local level, with a spring break trip to visit one of California’s most iconic and endangered species.

The California Condor

The California Condor has a long and storied conservation history. Long threatened by persecution, habitat loss and DDT poisoning, the condor was brought back from the brink of extinction through the efforts of dedicated partners, including Ventana Wildlife Society. Today, VWS manages the Big Sur population of over 60 free-flying condors. Though the condor escaped extinction in the 1980’s, today they face new threats from power lines, lead poisoning and wind farms. In this unique and immersive field biology experience, teens will have the opportunity to work closely with VWS biologists to track and manage the CA Condor population, helping to preserve this very special and charismatic species.

Highlights of this trip will include:
  • Condor Base Camp: Camp out with biologists at the Condor Rearing and Release Facility and observe condors and other amazing species of Andrew Molera State Park, including eagles, bats, snakes and birds.

  • Condor Tracking: Track individual condors using telemetry and GPS technology, while assisting in scientific data collection.

  • Supplemental Feedings: Assist in providing supplemental food to the wild condors and watch as they tear into carcasses at feeding time.

Trip Dates: April 12-15, 2014

To be eligible to participate in this trip, you must be a current Teen Wild Guide or ZooCamp Teen Assistant in good standing. To find out more about how you can become a teen volunteer and take advantage of these and other opportunities, please visit our Teen Programs page.

Teens who are eligible and interested should attend an informational orientation with a parent or guardian. These orientations will be held on:

Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7pm
Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 7pm


All orientations will be held at the Zoo in Classroom #1, located in the courtyard of the Maddie’s Center for Science and Environmental Education.

This trip is organized and run by Oakland Zoo and our conservation partner, Ventana Wildlife Society. For additional information, please contact Melinda Sievert, Teen Programs Manager, at (510)632-9525 ext. 201 or melinda@oaklandzoo.org.

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