DSCN0140 [Condor Conservation at Microscopic Level]

Maggie Reinbold, a Conservation Program Manager at the Institute for Conservation Research, discusses the “massive captive breeding effort” that took place in 1987 when California condor numbers dropped to less than 25. Now that conservation efforts have brought that number up to around 400, Ms. Reinbold reports that genetics continue to play an important role in condor survival, calling DNA “the most informative molecule on the planet.”