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California Condor Profiles and LIfe Histories
Condor #171 "Traveler"
Sex: Female Hatchday & Location: May 26, 1997 , LA Zoo Release Date: December 12, 1997 Parents:  #46 and #11 Local Biological Siblings:  #340 Breeding Status: Paired with #194 (historically with #164 Offspring: Fostered #475, #501 # 567, #686
Although Traveler hatched in the Los Angeles Zoo, she was raised by her genetic parents instead of being puppet-reared or raised as a foster chick. She has always been curious, independent, a leader, and social butterfly: younger condors follow her as a trendsetter and she often visits our neighboring condor release sites (sometimes traveling distances of 300 miles in less than two days!). She has captivated many locals and tourists with her regular appearances in Big Sur in search of marine mammals that have washed up on the coastline. Her natural instincts of seeking out carrion, traveling long distances, and socializing with other condors are very positive attributes that benefit the entire flock.

Traveler used to be paired with Condor #164, the dominant male at the time, until his death in 2005. Since then, she has coupled up with Condor #194 and they produced their first fertile egg in 2008. However, the embryo died in the early stages of development, so the egg was replaced with Condor chick #475 for Traveler and #194 to foster. #194 is currently doing some traveling of his own, so we're hoping Traveler will find him and lead him back to Big Sur.
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