World CA Condor Update – 2021 Population Status

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Below is the population information on the California Condors, compiled by our partners at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (as of December 31, 2021). For more comprehensive information about condor recovery check out their webpage. For information on individually tagged birds in the U.S. wild populations see All information provided here is compiled by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from the many CA Condor recovery partners.


Number of new wild-fledged chicks = 15
Number of birds newly released into the wild from captivity = 24
Number of mortalities in the free-flying population = 28


Captive Breeding is conducted at the Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey, Los Angeles Zoo, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park and Oregon Zoo in the U.S. and Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City, Mexico.

Number of captive breeding pairs = 43
Number of captive hatched chicks = 40
Chicks held for release in 2022 = 35


Southern California, USA Meta-Population [est. 1995]:
Wild fledglings: 3, Releases: 4, Mortalities: 3, Total Size: 92

Southwest, USA Meta-Population [est. 1996]:
Wild fledglings: 5, Releases: 12, Mortalities: 9, Total Size: 111

  • National Park Service Condor Page
  • Grand Canyon National Park Condor Page (U.S. National Park Service)
  • Zion National Park Condor Page (U.S. National Park Service)
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Condor Page (U.S. National Park Service)
  • The Peregrine Fund On Facebook as CondorCliffs

Central California, USA Meta-Population [est.1997]:
Wild fledglings: 6, Releases: 8, Mortalities: 13, Total Size: 91

Baja California, Mexico Meta-Population [est. 2002]:
Wild fledglings: 1, Releases: 3, Mortalities: 3, Total Size: 40

Pacific Northwest, USA Meta-Population:
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Yurok Tribe, and Redwood National Park announce the plans to release a new metapopulation of condors. This release has not yet begun. Stay tuned.


  • From 1992 through 2021 there have been 120 documented deaths from lead poisoning in the free flying population.
  • Lead poisoning is responsible for 51 percent of the 234 condor deaths where a cause of death has been determined.
  • An additional 114 free-flying condors have been presumed dead after missing for more than 365 days.
With wings fully outstretched, a California condor with wing tags that read, "E3" is perched on a rocky ledge against a sheer sandstone cliff.
California condor E3 as seen from Indian Garden in Grand Canyon National Park.

Photo courtesy of Rosemary Pfaffengut

A young condor soaring by sandstone cliffs in Zion National Park.
California Condor 1111 in Zion National Park.

Submitted photo.

Prepared by Miranda Terwilliger, Wildlife Biologist, Science & Resource Management, Grand Canyon National Park. Updated: April 2021

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Canyon National Park, Pinnacles National Park, Redwood National and State Parks, Zion National Park

Last updated: April 4, 2022