This first-class bird of prey exhibit show off the Aquarium’s raptor collection and highlights our continued success in wildlife rehabilitation.
Our two resident raptors, Grace the bald eagle and Bonnie the golden eagle, help put a face on how human activity can often negatively impact wildlife. Both of these birds found a safe haven after suffering permanent left wing injuries that made them unable to survive in the wild. While Grace and Bonnie were fortunately rescued, many other birds like them are injured or even killed every year through collisions with cars and powerlines, poisoned by pesticides, entangled in discarded fishing line or plastics, or even shot by poachers. Some receive no help at all, or receive it too late. But rescue and rehabilitation groups, including our Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Program, are committed to saving as many of them as we can while educating others on how to keep these birds safe.
Replicating the environment of a West Texas rock canyon, Eagle Pass contains 36,000 pounds of rock work, and is designed to provide a home for these eagles that replicates their natural environment.
Through learning about Grace and Bonnie and their rehabilitation stories, we hope walk away with a better understanding of these majestic birds, and more importantly, what each of us can do to ensure their survival.