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Condor #652
Sex: Male Hatch Location & Date: Los Angeles Zoo (Transferred to Big Sur January 8, 2014), 5/1/2012 Release Date: 4/30/2014 Parents:  #1 and #68 Local Biological Siblings: #208, #351, #418, #470 from sire; #444 from dame Breeding Status: Unpaired Offspring: None
Condor #652 is named "Ferdinand," after the bull in the children's book "Flowers for Ferdinand." This is a very appropriate name for him because he is a particularly large condor and he has a sweet and mellow disposition. His release to the wild flock went very smoothly. Instead of flying off, as many birds do, he turned and started hiking straight up the release slope to a feeding area where other birds were waiting, seemingly stopping to smell the flowers along the way. As you may know, condors are very social animals, and after Ferdinand was released, Condor #547 hiked half way down the hill to greet the newcomer and escort him to where the others were feeding! He accepted the kind gesture and they both went together to feed!

Condor #652 was fathered in the Los Angeles Zoo by an especially unique Condor #1, known as "Topa Topa." Topa Topa is one of the largest condors in existence, weighing in at 25 lbs! He was the first condor to be taken into captivity back in 1967 and was the foundation of a successful captive breeding program that helped save the species from extinction. Ferdinand clearly inherited his father's genes because he has a very large frame and weighs more than the other juveniles of his cohort, a whopping 23 pounds! Since Topa Topa has proven to be one of the most successful captive breeders, #652 has joined quite a few half-siblings in the coastal flock. He was released with his pre-release buddies, Condors #631, #646, and #650. We wish them well on their way into adulthood!

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