A California condor at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park that has helped replenish the species is being treated for a cancerous tumor, park officials said Friday.
Almiyi, a female, is being treated in collaboration with a team of experts at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego in Sorrento Valley.
“Almiyi has a locally aggressive tumor right above her mouth and including her beak that needs to be treated with radiation therapy,” said Jeff Zuba, a veterinarian at the Safari Park.
Park officials said initial results are promising, but they’ll have to monitor her quality of life over the next several weeks.
Almiyi was one of the first condor chicks to be hatched in 1983, when the park began a breeding program to bring the species back from the brink of extinction. She’s produced several offspring over the years.
When the breeding program began, only 22 condors remained in the world. The population, with Almiyi’s help, is now over 400 — with 185 hatched at the Safari Park.