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A Critically Endangered animal that came back from complete extinction in the wild and where efforts are still in full swing to bring it back to full potential. During the 1980's, the complete extinction of wild California Condors was all but guaranteed. In 1987, the last wild California Condor was taken to join the remaining 26 captive condors in an effort to boost the population through breeding programs... It succeeded. Today, their numbers, in the wild, have escalated to an all-time high of 430-still a sad blip in the existence of North America's largest land bird. California Condors themselves are visually striking. They have black bodies, near ten foot wingspans, and faces the colors of sunsets. Being vultures, we depend on their ability to cleanse our ecosystems of deceased animals.
Rocky shrubland, coniferous forests, and oak savannas.
Condors are astonishingly graceful fliers. Great thanks to Ventana Wildlife Society, Dr. Joe Burnett and the Condor Rehabilitation Team. Santa Lucia Mountains, Big Sur, CA.