Birds have always filled our minds with wonder. With the way they defy gravity and fly free through the sky, they have always served as the inspiration for our own aviation. The Raptor Center is dedicated to preserving that sense of wonder for the future generations.
Right away, you will be astonished by a vibrant gallery featuring state-of-the art exhibits, displays, interactive learning stations, and a colorful mural featuring birds of prey. Among the exhibits and displays, you will find a depiction of an eagles nest, a raptor's eye view of the zoo, and a wing span chart to see where you measure up to various raptors.
The Center boasts state-of-the-art exhibits, displays, interactive learning stations, and a colorful mural featuring birds of prey. There is also a gift shop available where you can find visitor information, quick snacks, and event schedules.
The center's main goal is the medical rehabilitation of birds of all types, while specializing in eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. It is a temporary sanctuary for injured raptors and other birds. Some problems the birds encountered are high line wire injuries, gunshot wounds, poisoning, bacterial infections, and mammal trap injuries. The goal is to return these patients to the wild after rehabilitation, medical treatment, and recovery. One-way mirrors look into the heart of the Center, a rescue and rehabilitation center designed for birds of prey. Visitors may observe while raptors are examined, x-rayed, and treated.
Bird watchers should make the Raptor Center an essential stop. The e-Bird stations allows birders to record sightings and find locations of recent sightings. Hint: Bring your bird list and venture into the zoo.
Call the Raptor Center at 620-793-4226 or visit www.greatbendzoo.com for additional information.