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By John Nielsen

The California condor
has been defined as a bird
"with one wing within the grave."

Flying on wings approximately ten toes vast from tip to tip, those birds thrived at the carcasses of animals like woolly mammoths. Then, as people started dramatically reshaping North the USA, the continent's biggest flying land fowl all started disappearing. by means of the start of the 20th century, extinction appeared inevitable.

But small teams of passionate members refused to permit the condor to vanish away, whilst they fought over how and why the chook was once to be kept. Scientists, farmers, builders, chicken enthusiasts, and govt bureaucrats argued bitterly and infrequently, within the technique injuring each other and the species they have been attempting to retailer. within the past due Eighties, the government made a wrenching determination -- the final final wild condors will be stuck and brought to a couple of zoos, the place they might be inspired to reproduce with different captive condors.

Livid critics referred to as the plan a recipe for extinction. After the zoo-based populations soared, the condors have been published within the mountains of south-central California, after which into the Grand Canyon, massive Sur, and Baja California. at the present time the enormous birds are nowhere close to extinct.

The sizeable chicken with "one wing within the grave" seems to be improving, at the same time the wildlands it wishes preserve disappearing. however the tale of this poultry is greater than the tale of a vulture with an incredible wingspan -- it's also the tale of a wild and mammoth kingdom that has turn into crowded and small, and of the behind-the-scenes dramas that experience formed the environmental flow. As advised by means of John Nielsen, an environmental journalist and a local Californian, this can be a attention-grabbing story of survival.

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