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California Condor Populations Hit Important Milestone, but Still Face Threats

The population of endangered California condors ( Gymnogyps californianus ) hit an important milestone last month, reaching a high of 405 birds—quite an achievement for a species that was down to its last 22 individuals just 25 years ago.California condors—North America's largest birds, with a wingspan of up to 2.8 meters—were almost wiped out by poaching, DDT and lead poisoning before all of the remaining birds at the time were brought in from the wild in 1987...

May 24, 2012 — John R. Platt

China Feeds Extra Fish to Finless Porpoises to Save Them from Starvation

Chinese officials added an extra 50,000 carp to the waters of Poyang Lake this week to help feed the endangered Yangtze finless porpoises ( Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis ) that live there, according to a report from the Xinhua news agency.Around 300 to 500 porpoises live in Poyang Lake in northern Jiangxi Province, representing between one third and one half of the subspecies's global population...

May 19, 2012 — John R. Platt

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