|Jeremy Krones of The Diablo Trust|
|Chris Parish of The Peregrine Fund|
We pondered the scant probability and the remarkable story of how California Condors went from a population of only 22 individuals in the wild in 1982, to a captive breeding program begun with a few survivors in captivity and none in the wild by 1987, to the hard earned successes that followed. It wasn’t until 2003 that the first young was born again in the wild, in a cave above the Colorado River used by ancestral condors 28,000 years ago. Now, 28 young have hatched in the natural world, and over two hundred condors range over parts of Arizona, Utah, California, and Baja, Mexico, where they have been reintroduced or begun dispersing on their own.
|Condor flying over Colorado River|
|X-ray of Condor with shot fragments|