The name “condor” has been adopted by many businesses. But it’s not always clear what the “namers” had in mind when they settled on the condor name. Perhaps, in some cases, it is simply an attraction to a simple, solid-sound, two-syllable word.
For this post, I share 3 examples of condor-named hospitality business based on items that I have collected.
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In 1967, an emaciated young condor was taken to the Los Angeles Zoo for rehabilitation. After receiving expert care, the condor was released into the wild but watched closely. The young bird did not thrive and the decision was made to recapture and provide a permanent home for the bird at the zoo.
The bird in question is, according to the studbook that lists every individual California condor on Earth, California condor #1.
But #1 is hardly a suitable name for “one of the most, if not the most, genetically valuable California condor in the world” – that’s according to Los Angeles Zoo Curator of Birds Mike Maxey, as quoted in the Fall 2016 issue of Zoo View magazine. That 3-year-old article also reported that #1 had so far fathered 34 chicks!
Condor #1 does have a “real” name but there is some ambiguity surrounding that name. Here’s the story.
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The theme of this blog is “California condors and humans through time”. That condor-human relationship began, of course, with Native American peoples.
In this post I show 6 published images of Native American cultural objects associated with the California condor.
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To tell the story of the California condor, some authors have stepped into the mind of a bird. This post looks at 5 examples.
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In my search for information about the California condor, I never expected Johnny Cash’s name to appear. What is the connection between the country singer often called “the man in black” and the endangered species?
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