Victoria Zoo to celebrate arrival of bald eagles during Endangered Species Day
Ribbon cutting for INVISTA-sponsored habitat to occur this Saturday
This Saturday, Sept. 17, two bald eagles will be unveiled at The Texas Zoo during the zoo’s Endangered Species Day. The ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m. will be presented by exhibit sponsor INVISTA, which donated $7,000 to assist with construction of the exhibit.
“We are thrilled to support the Victoria Zoo’s conservation efforts,” said INVISTA representative Amy Hodges. “Bald eagles are beautiful animals and a national symbol of strength and freedom. We are proud to assist the zoo in unveiling these new animal ambassadors for enjoyment by the Victoria community.”
The zoo’s two newest inhabitants arrived in early August from the Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. The first eagle is an adult male that can no longer fly due to a prior wing injury; the second is a juvenile male that injured his wing after falling from his nest when learning to fly.
The new eagle addition can comfortably house up to five eagles. The exhibit is enclosed with mesh netting to provide the eagles with a separate space and includes a pond with a water feature and recirculating pump. Aquatic plants and algae were added to further help with filtration and oxygenation, and to provide a home for native frogs, turtles and fish. Fallen trees were included as a comfortable resting place for the eagles, which perch on branches when not in flight.
“We are pleased to have INVISTA’s support in bringing these bald eagles to the Victoria Zoo,” said Katie Boughal, Texas Zoo environmental educator. “This beautiful new exhibit will provide a protected, comfortable home for eagles that cannot be released back into the wild. We’re eager to provide the community with a front-row seat to witness the natural grace and charm of our two new additions.”
The bald eagle is the only eagle unique to North America and was made the national symbol of the United States in 1782. Although the bald eagle was once on the endangered species list, their population has steadily increased over the past several decades and they are no longer considered endangered. Their lifespan in the wild is approximately 20 years, but they can live much longer in captivity.
Endangered Species Day will be held at the zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by the booths for activities and information about how to get involved with local conservation efforts.
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