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Mike Wallace

As a wildlife scientist in the Institute for Conservation Research at the San Diego Zoo, Wallace coordinates the California Condor Recovery Program in Baja, California. This program reintroduces captive-bred condors to the wild and manages the state’s population of the giant birds, which face a critical risk of extinction in the wild because of habitat destruction, poaching and lead poisoning. As recently as 1982, only 23 wild condors remained, but through efforts such as Wallace’s, more than 170 birds have been successfully reintroduced to the wild. Wallace hopes one day to reestablish California condors across their native range of California and Mexico.