Salt Lake City, UT – NPR Environment Correspondent John Nielsen sums up the Condor very simply, "It's a really big bird." But even a nine and a half foot wing-span couldn't keep the vulture from the absolute brink of extinction in the late 1980s. It's been shot at by drunks and scientists, poisoned by misguided ranchers, ritually sacrificed by Native Americans and cut in half by unseen phone lines. The "King of the Birds" has made a miraculous comeback though, and Nielsen joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his new book Condor: To the Brink and Back - the Story of One Giant Bird.
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