Antisana the Andean Condor
Claudia, the Andean Condor, is the largest flying bird species on our planet, with a wingspan of about nine feet. She was hatched in captivity from and egg that was artificially incubated. Work on this species, a member of the vulture family, helped to save one of our rarest birds in the United States, the California Condor. By developing techniques to incubate, rear, and release these magnificent birds their population has been stabilized. California condor populations dropped to a low of only 23 birds remaining in the wild. Removing the wild population for captive protection and breeding increased their total population to almost 200 with releases re-establishing a wild population of over 50 birds. This project shows we can make a difference and give some species of endangered wildlife a second chance.