Shadow was raised by Andean Condors and hung out with his brother, Condor #199, and Condor #204 after his release. As juvenile condors, they went everywhere together, occasionally getting into trouble (not unlike humans with a lot of extra time). In 2002, Shadow gave our biologists a scare when he went missing. We tracked him using radio telemetry to Limekiln State Park, but could not see where he was. It is unusual for a condor to stay perched for almost a week and we were worried he was injured. Shadow's signal was tracked to a stand of gigantic redwoods and we realized that if he needed help, we couldn't get to him. Later, we saw him looking healthy and we never figured out why he hid in the redwood shadows for so many days.
In more recent years, Shadow has paired with Condor #236. Together, they have successfully raised and fledged two biological chicks in the wild, Condor #538 and Condor #663. This is very exciting progress and we have high hopes that Shadow and #236 will continue to contribute their spectacular parenting skills!
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