#569 “Phoebe the Forager”
Hatch Location & Date: LA Zoo, 4/28/2010
Release Date: 1/5/2012
Parents: #48 and #97
Local Biological Siblings: #703
Breeding Status: Paired with Pinnacles Condor #589
Most condors that are released into the wild after living in captivity stick close to the release pen and eat the carcasses provided by our field crew for a while after release. Not so for Phoebe-the-Forager. She set a record by being observed feeding on a sea lion carcass at McWay Beach just two days after her release into the wild! She has continued to travel consistently between the Big Sur coast and Pinnacles National Park. In 2017, Phoebe nested in a cave at Pinnacles National Park with male condor from Pinnacles, #589, and fledged Chick #878 aka “Belle”. Phoebe’s wild ways, wicked foraging skills, and successful nesting ensure her very bright future with the central coast flock.