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Harris’s Hawk


Cisco came to the zoo in 1988 as one of the first birds to join the raptor flight program. Harris’s hawks live in family groups in the wild, so Cisco gets along with his keepers very well, but it takes a while for him to accept someone new. Sometimes he flies off course, but always returns to the Wildlife Theater, calling to his keepers to let them know he’s back.


 


Pharaoh Eagle-owl


Buddy came to WPZ in 2013 when he was a year old. He was raised by a company that trains birds-of-prey to scare off smaller birds that eat crops.


 


Red-tailed Hawk


As a young bird in the wild, Gunnar was hit by a car. Luckily someone took him to a rehabilitation facility where he recovered except for permanent blindness in his left eye. Unable to survive in the wild, he’s made a home at Woodland Park Zoo since 2009. Although he’s blind in one eye, he can still demonstrate natural raptor hunting behavior by flying and catching stuffed squirrels on the ground.


 


Aplomado Falcon


Lola used to work on a blueberry farm, chasing away birds who ate the crops, but she wanted to hang out with the farmers instead of doing her job! Now she interacts with guests at the zoo.

Although she likes people and demonstrating her amazing flying abilities, Lolca can be quite protective of her territory, the Wildlife Theater.



Turkey Vulture


Modoc is the oldest raptor at the zoo! After hatching in 1986, Mo was at a rehabilitation center but was too imprinted on humans to return to the wild. He came to Woodland Park Zoo in 1989.

Modoc enjoys working with veteran zookeepers and can show how adept he is at recycling (putting items in bins). However, when new keepers are getting to know Mo, he likes to test their resolve by pinching them.


 


Chilean Flamingoes


When both of these flamingoes were abandoned as eggs in 2016, keepers at Woodland Park Zoo stepped in to hatch and rear them. The flamingoes regularly follow their keepers around zoo grounds for exercise and leg strengthening. Someday they may also be in a program.


 


Spectacled Owl


Coba hatched at Woodland Park Zoo in 1992. He’s been “training” new staff and volunteers how to work with raptors for over two decades.

Coba is laid-back and has an easy personality, which is why he often works with new staff. He likes to eat dead mice and quail, and he loves it when his keepers give him head scratches.


 


Laughing Kookaburra


Flick is very independent. Sometimes during training, he purposely choses to do the direct opposite of what a keeper asks for, and then “laughs” with pride. His keepers know he is expressing his right to choose what he wants to do, and they admire him for it!


 


Ferruginous Hawk


Cree hatched in the wild in 1991 and was caught by a licensed falconer. She worked in falconry (hunting with a trained bird of prey) until she was donated to the zoo in 1999.

Cree loves to fly loops around the Wildlife Theater, sometimes soaring close to unsuspecting guests as they walk past. Keepers often work with her to be patient and wait—she’s full of energy and ready to go!



Barn Owl


Luna hatched in 2000 and came to the zoo when he was a month old to be a part of the raptor flight team.



Tawny Frogmouth


Adelaide is a super sweet lady that hatched in 2018 at Woodland Park Zoo. Her best friend in the world is a feather duster.


 


Von der Decken’s Hornbill


Cheza is a smart rascal that has been part of our Ambassador Animal team since she was just a few months old. She is the female version of Zazu from the Lion King and enjoys enrichment of any type.


 


Milky Eagle Owl


Jibini hatched in January 2020 and has been growing fast—he already has a 5-foot wingspan. This easy-going bird loves to participate in training sessions and is a quick learner. He also loves taking baths in the Seattle rain!


 

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