Racine Zoo welcomes bald eagle, announces opportunity to bid on name

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- After over a year of planning and construction, the Racine Zoo is excited to introduce its newest exhibit and resident to the public -- a 3-year-old male bald eagle!

The zoo says the eagle will not have a fully bald head until he reaches about eight years of age. He was brought into the Southeastern Raptor Center in Auburn, AL with wing and leg injuries, and after rehabilitation it was decided that he could not be released into the wild. 

The new exhibit is located just north of the zoo's Andean bear yard and just south of the Great Homed Owl exhibit. It was made possible by a generous donation from the David A. Spaulding, "Skipper," estate. 

“Our facilities team absolutely knocked it out of the park with this exhibit,” said Aszya Summers, Curator of Animal Care and Conservation Education at the Racine Zoo. “I am so happy to welcome our eagle into his new home, and allow him to inspire people to protect birds like him in the wild.”

On Monday, May 31, at 11 a.m., there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new eagle exhibit for the family of David A. Spaulding, “Skipper,” to celebrate this Vietnam veteran and his contribution to this amazing exhibit.

There is one thing missing, though—a name! You can bid on naming the eagle in an online silent auction.  The auction will be
open from Friday, May 21, 2021 through Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 7 p.m.

The winner will be announced at the end of the auction closing and the name will be revealed at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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