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Defenders in the Southwest

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California Condor
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The California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is the largest terrestrial bird in North America. It is black in color and sports a bald head with very few feathers.
Desert Tortoise
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The desert tortoise is a large herbivore and the official reptile in the states of California and Nevada. No other tortoise in North America shares the extreme conditions of habitats occupied by the desert tortoise.
Peregrine Falcon, Dawn Key/iStock
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Peregrine falcons are the fastest-flying birds in the world – they are able to dive at 200 miles per hour.