The Endangered Species Act is turning 50. Has it succeeded?

While growing up in California in the 1980s, Winifred Frick never saw a condor in the wild. The population of North America’s largest bird, Gymnogyps californianus, had dwindled to nearly zero by 1987 because so many were shot, poisoned or captured. 

The few remaining wild condors were brought into zoos in the early 1980s as part of a captive breeding program aimed at restoring the condor population (SN: 4/25/87). A small group of the birds reproduced, and eventually many of the condors were released back into the wild (SN: 1/25/92).

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