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How We Brought the Condor Back From the Brink
Partner: San Diego Zoo
Produced by: TEDxTalks


There were just twenty-two California condors left in the world in 1987 – all of them in captivity – a species on the brink of extinction. At TEDxDeExtinction, Michael Mace explains the remarkable efforts that have been made to save them and restore a wild population. Conservationists at the San Diego Zoo have managed a successful breeding, immunisation and monitoring program, and have been helped by utilities companies who have agreed to bury powerlines and utility poles near condor habitats, giving the wild population – now numbering over 200 – a fighting chance to survive on their own.

Michael Mace is Curator of Birds for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. He is responsible for the avian collection and related conservation programs that includes 20 endangered species. He participates in conservation field projects around the world involving endangered and threatened species such as the Andean condor in Colombia, white-bellied heron in Bhutan, southern ground hornbill in South Africa, Red-necked ostrich in Niger, Guam rail, light-footed clapper rail in the U.S., and California condor in the U.S. and Mexico.

Learn more about de-extinction, please visit Revive & Restore (the organizer of TEDxDeExtinction).

Last updated: September 16, 2013