California condor

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California Condor
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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Aves
Sub-class Neornithes
Order Information
Order Cathartiformes
Family Information
Family Cathartidae
Sub-family Cathartinae
Genus Information
Genus Gymnogyps
Species Information
Binomial name G. californianus
Population statistics

The California Condor is a severely endangered bird of prey which was barely kept from going extinct due to extensive human intervention. For a period in the late 1980s to early 1990s, this species was rendered completely extinct in the wild due to severe food shortages and human poaching. Chemicals ingested from the environment, such as lead and DDT, also contributed to the near extinction of this species. It is thought that even without human impact on the species, it would have gone extinct due to a loss of habitat over thousands of years.