28 May '12, 4pm

California Condor Population Rebounds to 405 After Near Extinction

California Condor Population Rebounds to 405 After Near Extinction

Thanks to Conservationists' Efforts 30 years ago, efforts began to save the California condor, an iconic species on the brink of extinction. Since then, a lot of progress has been made, and the last count revealed 405 known California condors. The population is split between 179 individuals living in zoos, and 226 living in the wild. But while the progress that has been made so far is encouraging, it's too early to say that the California condor has been saved:When wildlife officials, conservationists and others drafted a recovery plan for the species in 1996, they determined that until there were at least 450 condors, they couldn't be considered for delisting under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Plus, that magic number comes with strings. According to the plan, condors need to be dispersed among three 150-bird populations -- two wild and one captive, with 15 breeding pa...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/california-c...

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