Reggie came to us from the Raptor Education Group, Inc. (REGI – hence his name) in Wisconsin. He was brought into the rehab when he was an immature male in August of 2011. He was found in good physical condition other than he was injured due to a collision with a truck. He sustained a closed humeral fracture and a crushed metacarpal. Injures to the metacarpals resulted in amputation of the wing tip. The humeral fracture healed well, however movement of the left wing is limited making him non-releasable to the wild. Reggie was transferred to the Elmwood Park Zoo in 2011 where he initially joined the eagle flock in Eagle Canyon. The keepers noticed that because of his very docile and nice-guy demeanor he was often overshadowed by other dominate eagles. We felt he might be a great addition to the Eagle Ambassador team so we transferred him to our team in September of 2018.
Weight: 6 lbs
Wingspan: 5.5 feet
Bald Eagles – A Conservation Success Story
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.
Reggie is in possession of the Elmwood Park Zoo by the authority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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.
Find me at EPZ
Location: This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.
Arrived at EPZ: 2011