California Condor

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Andean condor
Gymnogyps californianus us fish 3.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Cathartiformes
Family: Cathartidae
Genus: Gymnogyps
Binomial name
Gymnogyps californianus
Shaw, 1797
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California Condor distribution

Yellow – range/distribution

The California condor (Gymnogyps californianus), is a New World vulture, the largest North American land bird. It became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all remaining wild individuals were captured), but has been reintroduced to northern Arizona and southern Utah (including the Grand Canyon area and Zion National Park), the coastal mountains of central and southern California, and northern Baja California. It is the only surviving member of its genus.

In 1970 there were only a few dozen left. In 1987 there were only 10 left. Currently there are 400 individuals, with about 200 left in the wild and the others in captive breeding.

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