Hatch Location & Date: San Diego Zoo, 2/24/2019
Release Date: San Simeon, December 12, 2020
Parents: #25 and #157
Breeding Status: Unpaired
Xuchen meaning “to get to be first” was a name chosen by the local Rumsen tribe. This seemingly shy bird took our observers by surprise when they noticed Xuchen is always the first bird to arrive at every feeding event! His shy nature fits well with his swift feeding tendencies because Xuchen finishes filling his belly well before other condors congregate and start pushing each other around. Don’t let his calm manners fool you, this bird is a master of stealth and efficiency.
Pronounced: HOO-chen (with initial “h” sound a little in the throat)