GRIFFITH PARK -- Los Angeles Zoo keepers Mike Clark and Debbie Ciani closely monitor dozens of endangered California condors
After the first captive condors
were successfully bred in 1988, the Service began the challenge of releasing young and inexperienced chicks back into the wild.
are obligate scavengers, and their early decline corresponded with the loss of the Pleistocene megafauna some 10 000 years ago.
That's why the next stop is Arizona, where NPCA and Defenders of Wildlife are hoping to push for similar legislation to protect California condors
reestablishing territory in the Grand Canyon.
Legislation passed in California in 1905 made it illegal to kill condors
or collect their eggs.
Each region will have 150 condors
with at least 15 breeding pairs and another 150 birds in captive breeding facilities.
Such a grim future, with its coalescing cities and suburbs, will have far too little room for people and no room at all for condors
," wrote Brower.
Haven is part of a project involving conservationists in Ecuador and Wales.
At first glance, why anyone would want to save California condors
is not entirely clear.
Meanwhile, Joe Burnett, the zoo's new assistant curator for condors
, is living at a farmhouse next to the breeding facility to help keep a round-the-clock eye on the birds.
Recovery Team of the USFWS asked for Edison's help when the Condors
were being returned to their habitats," said Dan Pearson, of Edison's environmental affairs department.
Twenty-five years ago the world's population of California condors
was only 23 birds," said Steve Thompson, Regional Director of the U.