About the California Condor Recovery Program


The California Condor Recovery Program (Recovery Program) is a multi-entity effort, lead by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to recover the endangered California condor.

Cooperators include the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Game and Fish Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Los Angeles Zoo, Oregon Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoo, Chapultepec Zoo, Peregrine Fund, and Ventana Wildlife Society, among others.


The Recovery Program is currently focusing its efforts on the captive-breeding, nest management, and reintroduction of California condors to the wild with the goal of establishing two geographically distinct self-sustaining populations of condors in the wild, with a third population retained in captivity. Each population should number 150 individuals, with 10-15 breeding pairs within each group.

Currently, there are more than 188 California condors flying free in Central and Southern California, 88 in Arizona and Utah, and 36 in Baja, Mexico. In 2008, the Recovery Program reached an important milestone, with more California condors flying free in the wild than in captivity for the first time since the program began. That brings a total of more than 488 birds are flying free in the wild and 176 are in captivity as of 2018.  Another new exciting milestone for the program has been the implementation of the nest cameras in the wild nests on both Hopper Mountain and Bitter Creek NWRs.

2018 California Condor Annual Report

2017 California Condor Annual Report

2015 California Condor Annual Report 

2013 California Condor Annual Report