a butterfly resting on a purple flower

All public operations are limited to select programming until further notice. Check this page for the latest information.

Birds of Prey and Raptor Enclosures

Update: Leslie Science & Nature Center is located on a public park and all outdoor public areas (including the raptor enclosure loop) remain open. With the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order, usage of city parks and natural areas is limited to only activities that do not involve direct contact with others, such as walking, hiking, running, and cycling. Please make sure to remain at least six feet from others who do not live with you in your household. More information can be found here: https://www.a2gov.org/Pages/COVID-19-Information.aspx

Say hello to our magnificent birds of prey!

Our raptors are housed outdoors, and you can walk right up to their enclosures seven days a week during daylight hours. Discover the origin of their name "raptor" which means "to seize or grasp" with their powerful feet and talons. Observe their feathers, beaks and so much more. Please note: when outdoor temperatures dip below 0 Fahrenheit, many birds will be removed from their enclosures as a cautionary measure.

Our regal and beautiful birds have each suffered a permanent injury that makes them unable to survive in the wild, where even a seemingly small injury spells the difference between predatory dominance and certain death. You can read more about them here!

As avian ambassadors these non-releasable wild birds have been trained to help educate people about their natural history and  issues facing raptors today. They visit schools, scouts, businesses, fairs/festivals, conferences, birthday parties for adults and children, fundraisers, retirement celebrations, assisted living facilities, hospitals, weddings, memorial services, and many other special events. They are also amazing to watch in our on-site programs.

Adopt our birds of prey!
Provide direct support to our non-releasable birds of prey through our Adopt-A-Raptor program. This is a unique and personal way to connect your favorite person, organization, teacher, or class to the hunters of the sky.