World wide, many vulture populations are in trouble, yet they are one of the most essential birds. According to the National Geographic article, Bloody Good (2016), of the 23 species of vultures, only 7 are listed as least concern. Four are near threatened, three are endangered, and nine are critically endangered, including the California Condor. So why should we care? Without them, rotting carcasses could linger longer, undesirable insect populations would increase, and diseases would spread to people, livestock, and other wild animals.