When Amigo was first released, he banded together with other condors his age and became especially close with a pair of brothers, #199 and #209. They went everywhere together and Amigo's nickname comes from us calling them "the three amigos" in the old days. In fact, we were forced to pioneer several new techniques to discourage the three friends from some unsafe (and frankly, unintelligent) behaviors.
Unfortunately, Amigo hit rock bottom in 2010 when he was discovered severely injured in a cave near the Southern California flock. He had gone undetected for some time prior and we found he had suffered injuries to his wing, face, and beak. He may have been hit by a car. After he was captured, Amigo was rushed to the zoo for treatment and spent a long time recuperating to full health. Due to his absence and accompanying loss of social status, his former mate, Condor #222, re-paired with Condor #251, who moved into her territory to fill Amigo's gap.
Amigo may have sustained some permanent damage, but he has resumed flying along the Big Sur coastline and highway. He can still be seen hanging out with his foster chick, condor #470, and the two have become a familiar sight near Torre Canyon, Grimes Point, and Sea Lion Cove. Although Amigo and his son show off by soaring close to the highway, it is important to not approach them so that Amigo does not have another close call.
In 2016 #204 and #470 paired up with a female, #534, and successfully raised their first chick in 2016. Genetic testing showed that #842 was fathered by #470, but all three birds in the trio shared responsibility and watched over the nest.
Since then, in 2019, Amigo and 470 successfully nested with a new female, #646 and raised chick #1003. Genetic testing showed that Amigo was the father this time.
Currently: As of 2021 Amigo is still paired with #646 but without 470 this time. #646 recently laid an egg in a redwood nest in Big Sur. Keep an eye out for new chicks this April and May!