I took these photos earlier this month at Taronga Zoo. This juvenile condor is part of the captive breeding program there, and these shots were taken while she performed in the famous Free Flight Bird Show.
As people have settled farther into the condor’s territory, they have replaced its accustomed food sources — the remains of deer and other small mammals — with domesticated animals. As soon as they adapted to feed on dead and wounded livestock, farmers started moving their animals from open fields to feedlots, which the condors cannot infiltrate, and even hunting the birds outright.
These long-lived birds have survived over 75 years in captivity, but they reproduce slowly. A mating pair produces only a single offspring every other year, and both parents must care for their young for a full year.
Source: National Geographic