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Condor #375 "Survivor"
Sex: Female Hatch Location & Date: San Diego Zoo, 5/2/2005 Release Date: 6/4/2006 Parents:  #44 and #32 Local Biological Siblings: #219, #236, #242 Breeding Status: Unpaired (previously with #313) Offspring: Biological chick #597
Survivor was released with five other condors close to her age and, sadly, she is the only one of those six remaining in the wild. She frequently hangs out Condor #444 at Pinnacles National Park. It is quite common for young female condors to group together before they reach maturity. While males focus more on social dynamics and their dominance in the hierarchy, females tend to focus on exploring new terrain for nesting and foraging qualities. Once condors become sexually mature, the reasons for these early differences become clear: males choose females that have found unclaimed, high-quality breeding territories and females choose the most dominant male available. Once paired, the male condor will be responsible for defending their territory, using the aggression techniques he learned during his quest for dominance. The female condor will use her intimate knowledge of remote areas and her foraging skills to support her mate and chick.

Survivor has definitely had it rough. In early 2009, she was found with a gunshot wound, despite that practice being illegal since 1901. Amazingly, she survived after receiving treatment at the Los Angeles Zoo. In 2011, Survivor paired with Pinnacles-released Condor #313 after his former mate (Condor #303) died from lead poisoning. During a nesting attempt with #313 later that year, Survivor had to be treated for lead poisoning herself, but luckily, her absence did not affect the survival of their chick, Condor #597, and Survivor proved to be a good mother upon her return. Sadly, Survivor lost her mate when #313 succumbed to lead poisoning in the summer of 2013. She is now solo and we are hoping she and her fellow condors will have fewer lead exposures so that Survivor will be able to find another mate someday.
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