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Zoo Breeding Program Sees California Condor Soaring Again

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March 21, 2012
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California's San Diego Zoo has welcomed another newly-hatched California condor into its nursery, the latest addition in a conservation program credited with rescuing the species from extinction. The condor, with a wingspan of more than nine feet, was all but wiped out just 25 years ago, but the zoo's efforts have ensured the species is soaring again.


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