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Thakan,  Martial Eagle

Thakan is a male Martial Eagle that was imported from Tanzania. After several years with another facility he was sent to Hawk Creek from Sia in Oklahoma. He has joined the Center to become an international educational ambassador for his species, one of the largest eagles in Africa, as well as to promote worldwide eagle conservation. We hope to acquire a mate for him in the future so that he can help to boost this declining species’ population. 

Hatched: 5/1/2001, Arrived: 6/2015

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ONE WING,  Bald Eagle

This adult female Bald Eagle, One Wing, was used for target practice and was shot from a telephone pole in Oklahoma. She broke three bones in her wing and is unable to fly. She spent 18 months in New Mexico at an eagle hospital, was deemed non-releasable, and then was sent to Hawk Creek. This majestic creature had stolen from her exactly what she is a symbol of—freedom. One Wing was the inspiration for our Walk with the Eagles™ sanctuary, and is a daily reminder that our work here is not done.

Hatched: 5/1/1990, Arrived: 3/26/1992

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Tunkashila is the Lakota name for the messenger between the people and the great spirit, which seems a fitting role for this male bald eagle. He came to Hawk Creek from the Wildlife Center of Virginia, where Animal Planet’s Wildlife Emergencies was filmed. Tunka was hit by a car and received severe damage to his wing. He had five surgeries including reconstructive surgery to permanently hold his wing in position so that it would not drag on the ground.

Estimated Hatch Date: 5/1/1990, Arrived as an Adult: 5/1/1997

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GRYPHON,  Bald Eagle

Gryphon was found as a young bird tangled in discarded fishing line in MO. The line had wrapped around his wings and feet, causing him to lose a toe and suffer permanent damage to wings, which prevents him from flying properly. Since bald eagles predominantly eat fish, discarded fishing line is a common threat that they face in the wild.

Est. Hatched:  5/1/2006      Arrived:  4/28/2017

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CHEROKEE,  Golden Eagle

The US Fish & Wildlife Service placed this adult female Golden Eagle at the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis after rescuing her from illegal captivity in Indiana. Cherokee’s coloration suggested she was over 30 yrs old upon arrival. She has a partial wing amputation and cannot fly. Female raptors are up to 30% larger than males, making females very formidable defenders of their nest. Cherokee is an awe-inspiring example of raw power.

Estimated Hatch Date: Before 7/1/1968, Arrived as an Adult: 7/01/2003

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CANYON,   Golden Eagle

Canyon, a male Golden Eagle was hit by a plane in Moab, Utah. He miraculously did not have any broken bones; however, he did sustain permanent nerve damage to his left wing, which makes him unable to fly. The golden eagle is the most powerful avian predator in the United States and is found primarily in remote mountainous regions. Due to habitat loss, their population is rapidly declining.

Estimated Hatch Date: 11/1/1990, Arrived as an Adult: 11/28/1995

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