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
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