SPIRIT – African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
Lake Baringo. He had just fledged the nest and was taking a flight across the island. Unwittingly he flew into another pair’s territory which resulted in a pitch battle. He escaped with his life, just. With two broken wings and severe head trauma he was a mess. His life is owed to local fishermen who rallied around to fish for him and keep him alive until help arrived.
Spirit was airlifted back to Nairobi where he underwent operations to fix his wings, however we weren’t so lucky with his eye. A retinal detachment in his right eye means he is unsuitable for release back to the wild, as he struggles to land with accuracy required to make a kill. He does however still get flown daily to ensure he keeps a relative level of fitness. He also has an important role at the Center to play as education bird. He will be used to enhance the awe of raptors in our talks and presentations to both children and adults.
KATAVI – Batteleur Eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus)
Katavi is a Juvenile Batteleur Eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus) who was rescued near the side of the road in Katavi, Tanzania. He had been attacked by something, perhaps a Jackal which had pulled out all his light feathers on his left wing, rendering him flightless. He was rescued and brought to Kenya.
Unfortunately his early days prior to being received at the center, he had been housed in a wire enclosure where he was allowed to beat his wing against the wire mesh. This resulted in severe lesions and osteomyelitis (bone infection). He was brought to our care and following his intensive treatment plan he has recommenced growth of his wing feathers.
With feathers now grown, Katavi has begun his training. Katavi is a very loveable bird who seeks affection whenever possible. This is probably because Batteleurs spend the first two years of their life with their parents before they are independent. You kind adoption will go towards food and necessary medicines for him over the coming year.