Our Neighborhood's Biodiversity Map

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North America
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Shared by : Sumit Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
Habitat : North america The New World vulture species, the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus), became extinct from the wild in 1987
Status : Critically Endangered
Indiscriminate poaching, habitat destruction, and death by lead poisoning led to this decline. With only a few birds remaining, the US government ordered the capture of all the remaining wild birds before they too completely disappeared. 27 wild birds were captured and subjected to breeding programs at the San Diego Zoo and the Los Angeles Zoo. In 1991, some condors were reintroduced into the wild. Today, the bird inhabits range in parts of California and Utah in the US and Baja California in Mexico.
The California condor is presently labeled as critically endangered by the IUCN. Habitat: The condors live in rocky shrubland, coniferous forests, and oak savannas. They are often found near cliffs or large trees, which they use as nesting sites. Individual birds have a huge range and have been known to travel up to 250 km (160 mi) in search of carrion. There are two sanctuaries dedicated to this bird, the Sisquoc Condor Sanctuary in the San Rafael Wilderness and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary in the Los Padres National Forest. These areas were chosen because of their prime condor nesting habitat.

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