Penelope- Bald Eagle
Penelope is a bald eagle who came to us from Peace River Wildlife Center located in Punta Gorda, Florida. She was injured sometime after fledging from a southern Florida nest and was spotted on the ground in a wooded area by a couple hiking. Penelope has permanent wing damage and would not survive in the wild. She turned 6 in 2020!
Elvis- Black Vulture
Elvis came to Moccasin Lake Nature Park in 1987 from the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. He was imprinted on humans after being shot in the wild. Elvis regularly interacts with volunteer staff and park visitors and is a favorite of many.
Great Horned Owl
Lulu is a human-dependent bird because she was not raised in the wild. She was evaluated by several rehabilitation professionals and unfortunately would not survive in the wild and is unreleaseable. She is a Great Horned Owl (GHOW), which is a species at the top of its food chain.
Sunshine is a non-releaseable Swallow-Tailed Kite (STKI) due to a head trauma and eye injury. Swallow-Tailed Kites are often mistaken for seagulls because they have similar colorings- light on the bottom and dark on the top. STKIs eat small rodents and large insects.