November 10, 2011
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is thrilled to announce that we now have a bald eagle at our Zoo. Visit today and find the eagle's new exhibit located across from L'aquarium de Louisiane.
"The bald eagle's story is an inspiration and example of what people can accomplish when working together to save and conserve wildlife," said Zoo Director Phil Frost. "We are honored to have one at the Zoo so people may see this incredible animal up-close."
The bald eagle was officially adopted as the U.S. national emblem on June 20, 1782. Its wingspan reaches 6-8 feet, and they often mate for life and use the same nest in a tall tree year after year. Their impressive nests can reach five feet across and weigh 4,000 lbs.
The story of this bird and its plight (and subsequent comeback) in the wild is a dramatic one. Many decades ago, the use of the pesticide DDT poisoned the eagles' foods and weakened eggshells, making them too thin to support the weight of brooding parents. DDT was banned in 1972. That year there were only six or seven nesting pairs of bald eagles in the state of Louisiana.
The Endangered Species Act was signed into law in 1973 and on July 4, 1976 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially listed the bald eagle as an endangered species. This landmark legislation is regarded as one of the most comprehensive and important wildlife conservation laws in the world. Federal and state government agencies, along with private organizations, began to alert the public about the bald eagle's plight and to protect its habitat.
In July of 1995 the bald eagle was upgraded to "threatened." There are now around 350 nesting pairs in Louisiana, and an estimated 9,789 nesting pairs of bald eagles in the United States (statistic from 2006).
On August 9, 2007 the bald eagle was removed from the list and declared "recovered." Only a handful of species have fought their way back from the United States' endangered species list. The brown pelican, the American alligator, and the bald eagle are a few and all three can be seen at the Baton Rouge Zoo.
Our eagle was injured in the wild. He was taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center, but could not be released because he can no longer fly. Visit the Zoo and see this incredible animal in person. Our bird is at least six years old since it has a completely white head.
About the Zoo:
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including elephants, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger is now open featuring highly endangered tigers, Siamang gibbons and beautiful Asian birds. Visitors can enjoy the new Flamingo Cove and Giants of the Islands, featuring the Zoo's Chilean flamingos and Galapagos and Aldabra tortoises, as well as the Safari Playground, the Otter Pond, our exhibit featuring a replicated fishing cabin with underwater viewing of the otters, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo. Adults and children can ride the Cypress Bayou Railroad on a scenic ride through the unique Louisiana habitat that surrounds the core Zoo. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.
Visit us at www.brzoo.org
Adults and Teens: $7.00
Children 2-12: $4.00
1 & under: FREE
Admissions open 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily
Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.