In 1987 there were just 27 California Condors left on earth and on the brink of extinction. Now, though still critically endangered, there are over 446 alive today thanks to an ongoing captive breeding and reintroduction program spanning 30 years. I'm lucky enough to have seen over 10 of these magnificent creatures in the wild here in California. Their wingspan is almost 10 feet wide and they can soar for miles on end looking for carcasses without a single flap of their wings. They are some of the largest and longest living birds on earth, with individuals living up to 60 years! They mature and breed very slowly and females typically lays only one egg every two years, hence their slow recovery, but with hard work and a dedicated team species recovery is possible, despite the odds being stacked against it.