Did you know that in the early 1980s, the California Condor was nearly extinct, with only 22 left in North America? It’s true! The condor is a massive vulture, with wings spanning up to 9.8 feet, making it one of the largest North American birds (along with the Trumpeter Swan). Condors are scavengers and can live up to 60 years, but they only lay one egg at a time, which has been a contributing factor in their limited population growth.
The 22 remaining condors were actually captured and placed in a captive breeding program at the San Diego Zoo, which allowed them to slowly bolster their numbers. Through conservation efforts, that number has risen to over 400, with at least 225 condors living on their own in the wild.
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