A message from the executive director of the Ventana Wildlife Society:
We are excited to share with you a video update on our progress to rebuild our Condor Sanctuary in Big Sur. To all of you who have supported us through this challenging time, we want to thank you and hope that you watch the video and share it with others. We want to especially thank Oakland Zoo, Oregon Zoo, San Diego Zoo, San Francisco Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoo, Pinnacles National Monument, and US Fish and Wildlife Service as well as REI, Inc., Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, West Valley Bird Society, South Bay Bird Society, BBR, LLP, Mountain Tools and the many individuals who contributed to the Condor Emergency Fund.
In 2009, we will continue rebuilding the Sanctuary and will work to ensure the safety of wild condor chicks and the entire flock as a whole. We will continue to protect the birds from threats such as lead poisoning. Our ultimate goal is to return the condor to the wild so that they can survive on their own again. As of today, there are 327 condors living and over half of those are in the wild. In fact, for the first time in the history of the recovery effort there are now more condors in the wild than in captivity.
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