Charlie Buttrey

August 17, 2019

In 1982, it appeared that the California Condor — a holdover from prehistoric times — was doomed to go the way of the dodo and passenger pigeon: there were fewer than 25 in the wild. That year, however, the San Diego Zoo launched a captive breeding program and, ten years later, North American’s largest bird was reintroduced to the wild.

In the years since the program was hatched (see what I did there?), 1,000 California condor chicks have been born, and the birds’ wild population is now at some 300 strong.

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