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    New Refuge CCP Completed!

    The refuge has completed it's Comprehensive Conservation Plan, a document that will guide the refuge for the next 15 years.

    Comprehensive Conservation Plan September 2013

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    Explore the Condor Cave

    Witness the every day life of a condor chick - from inside the nest! Visit our new Facebook page to see all the clips.

    The Condor Cave

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    California Condor 5-Year Review

    Latest 5-year review on the endangered species, completed in June 2013.

    California Condor 5-Year Review

California Condors at Bitter Creek NWR

California Condors on Bitter Creek NWR

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Bitter Creek NWR is an important part of the recovery of the California condor because it serves as the main release site for the Southern California population.

California Condors at Bitter Creek

About the Complex

Hopper Mountain NWR Complex

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The Complex manages four National Wildlife Refuges, and is headquartered in Ventura, California.

Bitter Creek is managed as part of the Hopper Mountain NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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  • Coming soon: Condor Country!


    Condor Country, a new mobile game, allows players to experience what it’s like to save an endangered species, based on real-life conservation practices used by the California Condor Recovery Program. Released for Android and IOS devices on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, the game simulates the actual activities of zookeepers and field biologists who are on the frontlines to help save this federally endangered species from extinction. Gamers will have eggs to hatch, chicks to release into the wild, and a flock of condors to monitor for real health threats including lead poisoning. Developed through a collaboration of the Santa Barbara Zoo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), and Cerberus Interactive, Condor Country is free to download for both Android and IOS; visit for more information. Proceeds from optional in-game purchases will help continue the Zoo’s many ongoing conservation and education programs. “We are revolutionizing the way that people can connect to endangered species and to the people working to save them,” said Paul Souza, Regional Director of the Service’s Pacific Southwest Region. “Through this interactive technology, people across the globe can become immersed in day-to-day conservation work in remote locations. We hope to spark curiosity about condors, and inspire players to try to see them in the wild.”

    Learn more about Condor Country!
  • The latest on Condor Population Numbers

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    Visit our Condor Population Updates for the latest, and past archives.

    Condor Population Updates
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jun 21, 2016
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