Noah was born in Maine. At just 8 weeks old, he suffered an 80 foot fall and landed on his head. Noah spent the first year of his life recovering from brain and eye injuries in the Hospital for Large Animals at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Deemed unfit to be released back into the wild, Noah was placed in a rehabilitation facility where he spent several years assisting humans with educational outreach programs. Elmwood Park Zoo acquired Noah in December 2008. As one of the Zoo’s Educational Ambassadors, he helps teach people of all ages about wildlife conservation.

Bald Eagles – A Conservation Success Story
Birthdate: 07/06/2001
Height: 3 ft
Weight: 9 lbs
Wingspan: 7 ft
Noah is in possession of the Elmwood Park Zoo by the authority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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In 1980, the total population of bald eagles in Pennsylvania numbered only three pairs. In 2013, there were at least 271 active nesting pairs. Pesticides such as DDT often collect in fish and nearly eliminated the bald eagle population in the 1960’s. These chemicals weaken eggshells, limiting their ability to reproduce. DDT was banned in 1972, and since that time, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly. In 2007, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the bald eagle from the endangered species list. However, they are still protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Did you know?
  • The bald eagle was officially adopted as the U.S. national emblem on June 20, 1782.
  • Bald eagles do not develop their distinctive white head and tail until they are 4 to 5 years old
  • The bald eagle is the only eagle unique to North America
  • Bald eagles typically soar rather than flap their wings
  • Bald eagles mate for life; they build their nest and return to it each year
  • Eagle nests can reach over 5 feet across and 2 feet high and can weigh over 4,000 pounds

AZA Raptor Taxon Advisory Group
The AZA Raptor Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) works with the Elmwood Park Zoo in support and management of captive birds of prey. It is through this partnership that this eagle represents one of thousands of raptors that are housed at zoological institutions nationally. The TAG focuses its efforts on conservation of raptors both here in the United States as well as globally. The TAG is supportive of the use of this eagle as a means to further raise awareness as to the majesty of eagles and the need to continue to conserve them and all raptors. We are proud to work with the TAG, and share their support of eagle conservation and public awareness.

Noah can be seen at all Philadelphia Eagles home games throughout the 2015 season.


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