California Condor Recovery Program
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service California Condor Recovery Program (Recovery Program) is a multi-entity effort to recover the endangered California condor. Cooperators include the U.S. Forest Service, San Diego Wild Animal Park, Los Angeles Zoo, Oregon Zoo, California Department of Fish and Game, the Peregrine Fund, Ventana Wildlife Society, the Center for Scientific Investigation and Graduate Studies in Ensenada, La Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAP), National Park Service at Pinnacles National Monument, Santa Barbara Zoo, the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City and many others. The Recovery Program is currently focusing its efforts on the captive-breeding and reintroduction of California condors to the wild in the hopes of establishing a self-sustaining population.
The California Condor Recovery Team (Team) is an advisory group to the Service. The Team includes representatives from all cooperators of the Recovery Program as well as a broad range of experts and scientists. The Team functions as an advisory entity to the Service and its job is to provide technical assistance to the Recovery Program on issues such as rearing and release methodologies, condor biology and behavior, and other scientific concerns. Contributors to the Team include population geneticists, captive-breeding, environmental contaminants experts, and behaviorists.