Ron Webb

Blogger Profile: Ron Webb

Ron is a senior condor keeper in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Bird Department. He has worked at the Safari Park since 1996 and started at the California Condor Breeding Facility in 1998. Ron has helped raise over 100 condors, the majority of which have been released to the wild. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego, in 1992, with a bachelor of science in general biology.
Condor Chick Fostering: 30 to 45 Days

Condor Chick Fostering: 30 to 45 Days

At a little over 1 month of age, our California condor chick should weigh around 4.5 pounds (2 kilograms). The foster parents, Towich and Sulu, have started leaving the chick alone overnight, sleeping near the nest.   read more

Condor Chick Fostering: 1 Week to 1 Month

Condor Chick Fostering: 1 Week to 1 Month

At two to three weeks of age, the real fun of condor chick-viewing begins! Our Condor Cam chick is getting bigger, weighing between 17 and 42 ounces (500 and 1,200 grams), and can often be seen poking its head out from under a parent’s wings.   read more

Condor Chick Fostering: Week 1

Condor Chick Fostering: Week 1

Our newest California condor chick hatched on April 29, 2014, weighing around 6 ounces or 180 grams. The hatching process can be grueling, so afterward, the chick usually rests a lot and is brooded—or sat on—by the parents. We often call this sitting tight.   read more

Fostering Condor Chicks

Fostering Condor Chicks

Sometimes things go exactly as you plan. Sometimes Fate throws you a big curveball, forcing you to change that plan.   read more

Condor Egg Loss

Condor Egg Loss

During incubation, we noticed that the embryo was slightly in the wrong position to hatch—a malposition. Some malpositions are lethal or need our help to hatch successfully.   read more