There are two male bald eagles, Abe and Alpha, at the Seneca Park Zoo. Abe was born in 1991 and arrived at the Zoo in 1999, while Alpha arrived in 2010, born in 2005. Each one has suffered wing injuries in the wild and cannot fly. The bald eagles at the Zoo recognize our different zoo keepers and greet them with a screeching cry upon recognition.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) status: Least concern. The great bird of prey was once is danger of extinction due to DDT pesticide and hunting. After years of efforts to preserve the species, on June 28, 2007, the Interior Department took the bald eagle off the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. Conservation efforts of the United States’ national bird will continue under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
Bald eagles live in North America from Florida to Alaska. They roost in tall trees near clean, fish-filled water in undeveloped areas.
The bald eagle is carnivorous and eats fish, birds, rodents, snakes and carrion.