• Both of the Zoo’s bald eagles hatched in the wild and came to us via wildlife rehabilitators.

• Granite has lead poisoning, and though fully flighted, cannot endure flying long distances. As a chick, Saphira’s nest was destroyed in a storm, breaking her wing in the ensuing fall. Her left wing cannot open, preventing flight.

• Primarily fish-eaters, bald eagles can find themselves in deep water. They can float and “row” with their wings until they reach a bank.


Bald eagles were on the Endangered Species list in 1978 due to a dramatic population decline from heavy use of DDT, and hunting. In June 2007, after a spectacular recovery, the bird achieved a status of least concern. Lead poisoning from hunter-shot prey and contaminated watersheds, motor vehicle collisions, and habitat destruction continue to be a threat.