Seven California condors were released into the wild in the US state after they were hatched in the spring of 2022 and raised at Oregon Zoo. Because of recovery programs like the Oregon Zoo’s, the world’s California condor population now totals around 500 birds, most of them flying free. With a wingspan of up to nine feet, the critically-endangered California condor is North America’s largest bird, and was one of the original animals included in the 1973 Endangered Species Act. The seven birds, which spent time at the zoo’s Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation in rural Clackamas County on Metro-owned open land, flew out of a cage in San Simeon, California. The wild releases were “soft releases,” meaning the birds exit their pens at their own time.

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