Pinnacles Condor Profiles Continued

Condor 800 sunning on a ridge
Condor 800 sunning

NPS/Arianna Punzalan

The son of 330 and 375 (a Ventana Wildlife Society managed condor), 800 was born and raised in the wild- he hatched in the spring of 2015. Biologists weren’t able to find his nest, so they weren’t even sure of his existence until they saw a juvenile condor flying without tags! Luckily, 800 proved to be easier to trap than his famously stealthy father, 330. After a DNA test to confirm his identity, 800 was outfitted with tags and transmitters. Unfortunately, he had high levels of lead in his blood, and had to be treated for lead poisoning before being released back into the wild. Now he’s flying free again, and hopefully in a few years he’ll be able to raise a wild chick of his own.

Photo by Matt Orehek

825 hatched 4/17/2016 at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho. Along with 827, she was transported to Pinnacles in September 2017, and spent three months in our flight pen getting acclimated to the area. She was released in early December 2017, and seems to be a bit timid. As she gains more confidence, she’ll be taking longer flights and meeting the rest of the flock!

condor 827
Condor 827 on a motion sensor camera


Hatched on 4/20/2016 at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Idaho, 827 is larger and more dominant than his cohort member 825. Both birds were brought to Pinnacles in September 2017 and were released in December, after getting used to the area in our flight pen. 827 quickly looked the part of a true wild condor, taking flights and roosting high in trees along with other members of the central California flock.

Condor 828

NPS/Kris Vanesky

828 made history- she is the first condor to hatch and fledge from a nest in Pinnacles National Park in over 100 years! She hatched on April 19, 2016 and is the daughter of 340 and 236, a Ventana Wildlife Society managed condor. 828 is a precocious chick, perhaps taking after her dominant father. She fledged nearly a month earlier than expected, and entertained the condor crew by graduating from short, awkward flights and mishaps to soaring smoothly over the High Peaks.
Condor 835

NPS/Rose Fielding


835 is another wild-hatched chick, and is the foster daughter of 310 and VWS condor 219. She hatched in April 2016, in the exact same nest where her parents raised condor 745. She is now flying smoothly all over central California, and is most often seen on the coast.

condor 878
878 sunning her wings

NPS/Gavin Emmons


This bird is just the second condor to fledge from a nest in Pinnacles National Park in the last hundred years. Her parents, 589 and VWS condor 569, raised her in a cozy rock cavity in the park in the spring of 2017. She took her first flights at the end of October 2017, and will soon be meeting the rest of the flock as she ventures further away from her nest.


Last updated: March 13, 2018

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