SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A mature bald eagle that was treated at Dickerson Park Zoo’s wildlife rehabilitation center is now on exhibit. The injured male eagle was found in Buffalo, and the Missouri Department of Conservation took the bird to the zoo’s animal hospital.
Dickerson Park Zoo’s veterinarian Dr. Rodney Schnellbacher treated the bird, but left it flightless due to the extent of its injuries.
“The desired goal for the wild raptors brought to us is for them to be re-released into the wild,” said Dr. Schnellbacher. “This eagle’s injuries were too severe for it to regain the ability to fly; however, it is now on exhibit at the zoo and a wonderful ambassador eagle for other raptors in the area.”
The zoo received permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation for the eagle, once healthy enough to leave the animal hospital, to be on exhibit. The bald eagle may be seen in the Missouri Habitat area of the zoo.
Dickerson Park Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting April 1, summer hours begin, and the zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.