Two other wild condor populations were started in the same way in arizona and baja california, mexico today the total world population exceeds 215 in the wild, with another 177 in captive breeding facilities (as of jan 31, 2012.
The california condor, gymnogyps californianus, is one of the largest flying birds in the world when it soars, the wings spread more than nine feet from tip to tip condors may weigh more than 20 pounds the male andean condor of south america is even larger than our california condor both are endangered species.
The us fish and wildlife service (usfws) is the lead federal partner in the multi-agency california condor recovery program release programs are located in central and southern california, baja, mexico, and arizona currently, california is home to two separate california condor flocks. The california coast attracts visitors not only for the aesthetically pleasing ocean views, but also for the glimpse of a bird that puts vultures to shame: the california condor (gymnogyps californianus) although spotting north america’s largest land bird is still a rare occurrence, the chances of seeing this critically endangered bird today are much greater. By weight, the california condor rivals the andean condor for the designation as the largest of all the species of condor california condors are generally about 10 kg (22 lb) it depends on the carcasses of large mammals for food.
In 1987, the last wild condor was removed from the wild, and all 27 condors left in the world were being kept in breeding facilities at the los angeles zoo and the san diego wild animal park in 1988, the first california condor chick hatched in captivity.
During the week of january 21, condor #286 (all california condors are assigned a studbook number), a nearly seven-year-old male, went from being high in the pecking order of the central coast condor flock to getting pushed around by much younger, less dominant birds.