Wild California Condors Made Here

By 1982, fewer than two dozen California condors lived in the wild. By 1985, only one wild breeding pair was known to exist. That’s when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service decided to capture all remaining wild California condors and bring them to live—and breed—in captivity. The Peregrine Fund, in Boise, Id., houses the largest breeding center in the U.S.—with nearly 60 California condors living on site. Bill Heinrich and Taiana Carvalho take us “behind the enclosure” for a tour of the condor compound.


Additional images, footage courtesy of The Peregrine Fund and Chris Parish.

Meet the Producer

About Flora Lichtman

Flora Lichtman was the host of the podcast Every Little Thing. She’s a former Science Friday multimedia producer.