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Ventana Wildlife Society


Our mission is to conserve native wildlife and their habitats through research, education and collaboration.

The Big Idea

The Ventana Wildlife Society has been working for 20 years on restoring California condors to the wild by releasing captive-bred condors from zoos. Their goal is to remove condors from the endangered species list, and they need to release more condors annually to get there. In 1982 there were only 22 wild condors, and now there are 90 in California’s Central Coast—so many that tourists come to Monterey from all over the world to see these beauties flying freely. Ventana Wildlife Society establishes release sites and continues to monitor condors across California’s Central Coast.

I am continually impressed with the staff’s commitment to the mission and dedication to the recovery of the California condor. It is not often that we have the chance to save a species from extinction, and Ventana Wildlife Society continues to lead the way.

- Elizabeth Panetta, VWS board chair