Probably never very numerous, the California condor
appeared destined for extinction.
A California condor
is one of 12 that has been brought to the Oregon Zoo's Condor Creek Conservation Facility.
Abstract: Since 1996, The Peregrine Fund has released California condors
(Gymnogyps californianus) in the Grand Canyon region of northern Arizona with the goal of establishing a self-sustaining population, disjunct from other released populations in California and Baja California.
CONTACT: California Condor
Recovery Program, (805)644-5185, www.
The California Condor
Recovery Program Plan (1996) calls for two geographically separate wild, self-sustaining populations each having 150 individuals, 15 breeding pairs and a positive rate of growth as well as a third population with 150 individuals in captivity in order to qualify for reclassification from endangered to threatened.
Conservation biologists are crowing about the hatching of two highly endangered California condor
chicks--one from the wild and another in the wild.
The California condor
(Gymnogyps californianus) once soared over much of the North American continent.
Accompanying text documents the survival struggles of such familiar species as the California Condor
, and the almost unheralded demise of those now gone, such as eastern North America's only parrot, the Carolina Parakeet.
Since its inception in the 1970s, the California Condor
Recovery Program has faced repeated challenges, controversies, and setbacks, but it remains focused on one goal: reestablishing healthy, self-sustaining populations of California condors
(Gymnogyps californianus) in the wild.