Birds of Prey Day

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Birds of Prey Day

Owls, Hawks, and Falcons, oh my!

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Featured Species

See these extraordinary animals up-close and learn all about them from experienced falconers!

While you’re here, grab a bite from local food truck Happy Family BBQ!

Birds Of Prey Day

Meet the Falconers

Raptors at Reptiland

The word raptor is a general term that refers to all birds of prey including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures, ospreys, and many more. Raptor comes from the Latin word rapere meaning to seize, grab, or take by force—identifying these birds by the way they obtain their prey. People often wonder why we have birds at a reptile zoo. Well, modern birds evolved from a group of dinosaurs called theropods! Birds actually share many traits with these extinct relatives, including three forward-facing toes, a fused collarbone (or “wishbone”), hollow bones, and feathers! Basically, we’re hosting Birds of Prey Day for the same reason we have exhibits with parakeets and emus: birds are dinosaurs (and by extension, reptiles)! To learn more about the link between reptiles and birds, read our blog How Birds and Reptiles are Related.

Speaking of Dinosaurs ...

While you’re here, be sure to check out our most popular exhibit, Dinosaurs Come to Life! So not only can you see and learn about fascinating birds of prey, you can also experience their extinct reptilian relatives with this prehistoric outdoor adventure!
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