July 1, 2014 1:09 PM Subscribe
posted by gingerbeer (14 comments total)
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, aka StudBook 424, passed away this week
, leaving behind over 770 descendants, at the ripe old age of 13, the longest life known for a loggerhead shrike
He was a key part
of the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Captive Breeding Facility
, run by the San Diego Zoo. It was created to help save the endangered species
His flirting technique was even written up in the LA Times
'"He gives you a front-row seat to shrike mating behavior," said Jaelean Carrero, a research coordinator for the zoo's shrike effort.
Other mating pairs -- some wild, some captive -- have been good breeders, but none with the brio and proficiency of Trampas and his longtime mate, known as Mrs. Trampas.'