Barred owl (Photo: Cassandre Crawford)

Barred owl (Photo: Cassandre Crawford)

Since the mid-1970’s, birds of prey have been federally protected after their sharp decline from the effects of DDT that used to be in pesticides. Since then, work has been done to increase their population and rehabilitate individuals who are injured in the wild. The Zoo supports local non-profit organization, RAPTOR Inc., in their efforts to rescue and rehabilitate local raptors of all shapes and sizes, more than half of which are released back into the wild.