Our California condor chick, living at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, is doing great! (See previous post, Condors: Big Day Approaching.) It always amazes us to see just how quickly these chicks grow up. The time has come to give Sisquoc and Shatash’s chick an official name. We received so many amazing name suggestions, that we had a hard time paring the list down to three. Many of the 93 names we received were so great that they had already been used on condors before! After eliminating those, we spent a long time researching the remaining suggestions so that we could learn the Chumash definitions behind the names. Once we had our list narrowed down to the eligible choices, it was time for us to pick our favorites. After a lot of discussion, we decided on these three choices:
Maxa’lam – “To hold a festival, to throw a party.”As the person who suggested this name said, “Condors are a reason to celebrate!” (Submitted by Jen M. “@folkeye” via Twitter)
Saticoy – “It is sheltered from the wind.”
Our friend who suggested this name wrote, “It is a protected baby, sheltered from the dangers to its species by the captive breeding program. It also goes well with the parents’ names.” (Submitted by Emma Apple via Facebook)
Moyomin – “To be mischievous.”
Those of us who work with this endangered species know condors can be playful, and that’s what makes this bird a treat to work with! (Submitted by Zoelle Egner “@zoelle” via Twitter)
Congratulations to our three winners! Now the choice is yours. From today through the end of the day on Monday, April 2, you have a chance to vote on what our little condor will be named. Wish we could tell you if the chick is male or female, but we won’t know for some time, so pick the name you like best based on the meaning of the name. We think any one of these will be perfect for this chick. Vote here!
Thank you for your suggestions and for your continued support!
The Condor Team