King vulture born in captivity in Costa Rica, marking a first for LatAm

San Jose, Mar 13 (EFE).- Costa Rica's Zoo Ave has managed the first birth in captivity in Latin America of a king vulture, the zoological park said Wednesday.

Zoo Ave, a respected animal rescue center, operates a zoological park located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

The king vulture chick emerged from its egg on Tuesday at the zoo, which had been trying to hatch one of the birds in captivity for 20 years.

This is one of the few successful hatchings of king vultures in captivity in the world, Zoo Ave scientists said.

"The animal was incubated by both parents. A day before it was born, it was taken to the incubator. There it received an adequate temperature that allowed the chick to break through the egg," Zoo Ave spokesman Ronald Sibaja said.

The chick will remain with its parents at the wildlife rescue center for now.

King vulture reproduction is complicated because the species, which is threatened with extinction, lays only one egg a year during the dry season.

The king vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) is found from Mexico to Brazil.