Can We Save the California Condor?
Many conservation attempts are underway to increase the condor population and remove them from the endangered species list. In 1967, a federal law was passes protecting the California condors. In 1970, it was found that only a few dozen condors remained in their natural environment.
By 1980, major efforts began to try to reestablish the condor population. The condor’s eggs began to be collected and hatched in the San Diego Wild Animal Park and the Los Angeles Zoo. Some of the condors that hatched in captivity were released into the wild, equipped with radio transmitters to monitor them. The other hatching's remained in captivity to breed. Although these efforts were made, it was not enough.
In the late 1980’s, all of the condors remaining in the wild were captured and placed into captivity. The birds that were collected were bred and their offspring were released back into their natural environment. This quickly showed positive results and the California condor population began to increase.
Although this process is slow, each year many condors are released back into the wild. These efforts have made an impact on the condor population, causing it to slowly increase. In time, the California condor may be able to be removed from the endangered species list.