At Eagle Mesa, you will be face-to-face with the majestic national symbols of the United States and Mexico: the Bald eagle and Golden eagle. In no other local zoo can you get so close to these creatures. Learn how these giant birds take flight, catch prey, and use their amazing eyesight to spot prey.
Visit the eagles during feeding time, and get a chance to interact with the keepers to learn even more.
Feeding time: 2:30 Residents: Bald Eagle; Golden Eagle; Ferruginous Hawk
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
We have three majestic birds in Eagle Mesa. The first one you see is Dorado, our Golden Eagle. As with most of the birds in our care, our Golden Eagle cannot be released into the wild. Dorado was hit by a car, which damaged his right wing, making it difficult to fly and hunt. –read more here–
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
What can we say about the Bald Eagle that hasn’t already been said? This majestic eagle is both the national bird and national animal of the United States of America. The Latin name (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) refers to a white headed sea eagle, which they are.
Bald Eagles have brown feathers when young and their heads and tails turn white between the ages of 2-5. Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. You can see our Bald Eagle, Franklin, in Eagle Mesa at the Living Coast, and experience a feeding at 2:30 p.m. daily. –read more here–
Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)
The Ferruginous Hawk is the largest in North America averaging 23-25″ in length with a wingspan between 53-56″. Their name says it all: “ferruginous” refers to their rust colored back and leg feathers, “buteo” means hawk, and if you see ours in Eagle Mesa, you’ll know all about his regal (or regalis) demeanor. Ferruginous Hawks winter as far south as central Mexico and breed as far north as southern Alberta. –read more here–
“My kids and I went to the Living Coast Discovery Center with my friend and her visiting nephew last Sunday. I just wanted to say that the staff member who showed us Hawkeye, the red-tailed hawk, was awesome! She was very friendly and personable while also maintaining safety with Hawkeye and my kids. She was informative and very professional about showing us the owls and some other raptors as well. She clearly loves her job–and enjoys being around people, too! I’ll be talking up LCDC as much as I can! Thank you for this unique experience!”
~ LCDC Guest