The Birds

California Condor Profile: 218

Posted at 2:06 pm January 23, 2008 by Bird Keeper

Condor #218Name: None
Studbook #218

Condor tag #218 was hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo on April 5, 2000. She was reared using a modified puppet rearing technique and was in the first cohort of birds sent to the Baja release program in August 2002. She was the dominant condor in her cohort of five birds, including two males, and subordinate only to Xewe, the adult mentor.

California Condor Profile: Xewe

Posted at 2:05 pm January 23, 2008 by Bird Keeper

Name: Xewe
Studbook #64

Xewe hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo on April 8, 1991. She was slated to stay in captivity for genetic reasons, because one of the six offspring should be held in captivity to genetically safeguard the founders in her family line. However, by chance, her brother fell ill and lost his candidacy to be released. Xewe took his place and joined Chocuyens (#66) on January 14, 1992, to be the first condors to be released to the wild after the total population capture in 1987.