• Condor da Califórnia
  • maio 12th, 2014
    (Gymnogyps californianus)

Towards the end of the 1980s, with only 8 individuals left in the wild, it was clear that the extinction was imminent. The remaining wild individuals were taken into captivity and incorporated into an intensive conservation breeding programme run by San Diego Wild Animal Park, Los Angeles Zoo and The Peregrine Fund. A variety of techniques were used in the breeding programme including “double-clutching” and the rearing of chicks with hand puppets, and in 1992 the first condors were released back into the wild. Numerous hurdles have had to be overcome, but in the spring of 2002 the first wild condor chick for two decades hatched.
The rescue of the California Condor is an ongoing conservation programme but the successes so far have been inspiring and the population continues to climb; today the condor can once again be seen soaring over the rocky Californian landscape.