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All of the bald eagles at the Cincinnati Zoo were rescued. Their injuries prevent them from being able to hunt on their own and they cannot be released back into the wild.

In the 1960’s, populations of our national symbol, the bald eagle, fell drastically.  Pesticides such as DDT accumulated in their prey and thus bald eagles, leading to infertile eggs or eggshells that were too thin.  Protection of the bald eagle and its habitat, banning of some pollutants and breeding and reintroduction are helping populations recover.

bald eagle with wings open

Did You Know?

Home Sweet Home: Bald Eagle pairs often return each year to the same nest, which reach up to 10 feet across.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Haliaeetus leucocephalus

North America

Coastal shores, forest, and mountain regions near lakes and rivers

2.5 to 3.5 ft

16 yrs

Zoo Location:
Bald Eagle Habitat

Fish, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and carrion