Gentle Giants

As the largest birds in North America, California condors are a spectacular sight as they soar overhead. An intensive recovery program brought them back from the brink of extinction and continues to boost their numbers. Today, hundreds of condors thrive in the wild.

Our actions can help support the remarkable progress of California condors. Lead poisoning is the biggest obstacle to condor recovery and affects other species, too. By choosing non-lead alternatives, we can make a difference for condors and the open landscapes they call home.

A close-up of a condor with a pinkish-orange head and black feathers

All About Condors

Learn about the biology, natural history, and behavior of these scavengers.

A condor perches on top of an enclosure that's fenced with poles and netting.

Understanding and Managing Condors

An intensive recovery effort is restoring populations in the west.

A condor stands on the ground with its wings spread

Latest Updates & News

Get up-to-date statistics about the wild and captive condor populations.

A comparison of lead and non-lead bullets.

Threats to Condors

Most threats are related to humans, including lead ammunition, trash, and power lines.

Last updated: March 9, 2021