A First at the Zoo de Granby: The Extraordinary Hatching of an Andean Condor Egg!

A First at the Zoo de Granby:
The Extraordinary Hatching of an Andean Condor Egg!

After many years of unsuccessful reproduction attempts for our Andean condors, the year 2018 will be a memorable one with the hatching, a few days ago, of the first chick! Both the Andean condors arrived at the Zoo de Granby in 2010, but they have been a couple since 2002, at the San Diego Zoo-Safari Park. Although the male was 18 years of age and female 29, this is their first offspring. These birds reach sexual maturity at the age of 7 and can reproduce up to the age of 50, which means the future is quite promising.

A camera was installed in the nesting area and allows our animal care technicians to always have an eye on the family without disturbing them. Also, thanks to this camera we were able to see the small comb on the chick’s head, confirming it’s a male! The team is extremely proud!

Parenting Technique

The Andean condors produce only one egg every 2 years, and since they don’t build a nest, most often the egg is hatched on the side of a cliff. Because of the precariousness of its position, both the male and the female actively participate in its incubation, thus rarely leaving the egg unprotected. At the Zoo de Granby, we offer them a box with a sand-filled bottom along with a shelter. Following the Species Survival Plan’s recommendations, all the proper measures were put in place to encourage their reproduction. Both parents, each in turn, brooded the egg from the moment it was hatched; their interest never faded! If everything goes well, the baby will remain with its parents for almost 2 years.

Facing Extinction

The Andean condor is found all along the west coast of South America and is in danger of extinction in its natural habitat. The population is decreasing, among other reasons, because the prey they ingest is intoxicated with pesticides and because of the loss of their habitat. The specialists who establish reproduction recommendations by identifying candidates according to their genetics, were able to identify 21 couples that are in reproduction mode. Of these 21 couples, only 3 were successful in producing a chick, including the female of the Zoo de Granby. Reproduction and reintroduction programs within a natural environment haven’t been able to reverse the species’ decline in numbers; extra efforts will therefore be needed to reach the desired demographics.

A Strapping Creature!

This scavenger can reach 15 kilos and has a wingspan of over 3 metres, which makes it the world’s largest bird of prey!

About the Zoo de Granby

The Zoo de Granby is a non-profit organization, founded in 1953. Its mission is to offer an enriching, entertaining and educational experience aimed at creating animal conservation awareness for a diverse clientele of all ages. During its peak tourist season, it employs over 700 people. The direct and indirect economic fallout for the Zoo de Granby is evaluated at $50M annually, an increase of more than 75% since 2004.


What a great time. Would definitely go again. The zoo care takers are amazing at what they do and so friendly. I would recommend if you have never gone it's a bucket list. Oh and don't forget to go and pet the sting rays.

Jamie Krichtoff

Amazing place to take the family! Lots of animals to see, amazing water park and fun rides. Great packages available with hotels close by for out of town visitors. Highly recommend!

Paul Winch

I had an amazing time here with my family! My kids absolutely loved it. Amazing experience :)

Mario Sevo

Our family absolutely enjoyed our day! There was so much to do! Park was very clean and staff was very friendly and helpful with any questions!!! We plan on going next year and making it a weekend trip so that we can enjoy the whole park!

Crystal Wilson

We had an excellent time! We have not been in over 10 years and are so glad we went! The park is clean. The food was well priced for a theme park. We loved the Dinozoo! We have terrible French speaking abilities but appreciated your courteous and friendly staff, we felt welcome!

Bonnie Diane

It's the 3rd year in a row that my family and I visit this Zoo. Even though it was during the busiest day they had this year, we were able to visit everything and fully enjoy the experience. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit cause they have an amazing wave pool!

Éric Trudel

Amazing place. Perfect for the whole family. They constantly improve their environments and animals collection.

Boris Kosov

Our whole family attended yesterday. It was absolutely spectacular. We had a fantastic time! Thanks for the memories!

Samantha Hope

First time visiting here on our annual summer week in Québec. We went for the 2 day family pass, and had an amazing time. The 2 days allowed us to take our time around the park, and gave plenty of time as well for cooling off at the Amazoo. We'll definitely come back!

JR Bélanger

We love going to the zoo. (…) Most of the animals were out and the grandkids were thrilled. I'd never been to the Dinozoo before and I thought it was pretty cool especially with the movement and sounds. The design is great in that it's seperated and all goes back to the center.

Stephen Eyton-Jones

A good place for family outing with zoo, water park and rides all at one place. All the attractions are conveniently placed very close to each other. Food court is good too and you can also bring in your lunch.

Anand Bharadwaj Aryasomayajula