STE-ANNE-DE-BELLEVUE — The Ecomuseum Zoo has moved two eagles to a new $225,000 aviary, giving them more room to fly.
“Jimmy” is actually a female golden eagle rescued from a backyard in the north of Quebec, where she was taken from the wild.
“Wonka” is a male bald eagle who worked at an air show, and is permanently disabled. Executive director David Rodrigue said the two are at the zoo for their protection.
“They’re both acclimated to people.”
The zoo started building the aviary back in August, and moved the birds in in December. Previously they were tethered to flight lines.
The aviary is more than two acres, and includes features like cliff faces and high perches close to what eagles see in the wild.
The upgrade is part of five-year modernization initiative aimed at improving animal well-being, education and visitor experience.