Ventana Wildlife Online Store You can help by donating to Ventana Wildlife Society Adopt a Condor Email us your condor sightings Sign Up For a Tour of Condor Country
California Condor Profiles and LIfe Histories
Condor #236 "Tiny"
Sex: Female Hatch Location & Date: San Diego Zoo, 3/22/2001 Release Date: December 12, 2002 Parents:  #23 and #32 Local Biological Siblings: #375 Breeding Status: Paired with Pinnacles Condor #340 Offspring: Biological chicks #538 and #663
Tiny was hand-raised using a condor head puppet made of leather. The puppet techniques used to raise condors in captivity were quite skilled and Tiny's behavior is similar to that of condors raised by fellow condors. Although she is healthy, she has a small frame for a condor, naturally weighing three or four pounds less than the average female.

It is very typical for female condors to select an older male that is dominant in the hierarchy as their mate and Tiny was no exception. She chose Condor #209, who is two years older than her, and they established an excellent breeding territory. 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 Tiny and #209 will continue to contribute their spectacular parenting skills!
More photos of Tiny