29 Feb '16, 2pm

For the first time in decades, more California condors were born in the wild than died

For the first time in decades, more California condors were born in the wild than died

It took two more decades, until 2011, for the wild condor population to surpass the captive group, and it took until now for the next important milestone to be reached: For the first time in decades, more condors hatched and fledged in the wild last year than adult wild condors died, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. There were 14 young condors added to the population and 12 deaths. This is significant because it means that, in theory, the wild condor population could sustain itself without the captive breeding program. Of course, conservationists will wait to have a bigger margin of safety before stopping the breeding program, but it's still a crucial moment.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/first-ti...

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