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Carolina Raptor Center

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Tim D wrote a review Sep 2020
156 contributions18 helpful votes
Large array of raptors to see. They have limited hours and spacing requirements with reservations required. Difficult to take pictures because of the netting used to keep the birds in their enclosures. They will be moving into a new facility that is still under construction. They say the new facility will be improved for the birds and for taking pictures. They should be in the new facility early 2021.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Laura P wrote a review Sep 2020
Fort Myers, Florida73 contributions17 helpful votes
Would give 5 stars, but not 100% of the center is operational, due to COVID-19 (animal educational shows, for example). Wonderful place; very educational. Wish we could have visited the raptor hospital. Not too much open in Charlotte, so we got our tickets the week before and off we went. Not disappointed.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Brittney K wrote a review Jun 2020
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In no way should you give this company any of your money or business! I am absolutely appalled with the treatment birds recieve from this "non profit" turned in a hawk 2 days ago and the killed it because and I quote "they had no use for it" . This is absolutely disgusting I even donted money for the birds Healthcare they took the money and then killed it! They are supposed to protect these birds instead they kill them. So if you want to take your children somewhere for a nice afternoon out think about how that company treats these birds while your not watching .
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from CarolinaRaptorCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Carolina Raptor Center
Responded Jun 20, 2020
Brittney: I am sorry that you were disappointed with your experience with our Raptor Hospital. The goal of the Raptor Hospital is to rehabilitate and return birds to the wild that are able to fend for themselves. It would have been very cruel to return a bird to the wild that is unable to hunt. Much of what we do is regulated by US Fish and Wildlife, and they hold us to the highest standard. Every permanent bird in our collection has to play a role in our education program. We are not allowed to keep them just because we want to -- they have to have a job and we have to have a place to keep them. Birds that are unable to return to the wild cannot just be admitted into our permanent collection it is against the federally mandated rules. Because of Covid-19 we were unable to take birds into the hospital for almost two months - devastating for our staff. Contrary to what you have expressed above, it is always heartbreaking for us to have to make a decision to put down a bird, but we have quality of life protocols in place to help us make these hard decisions. I am sorry that our staff was not able to explain these things in a way that would make you feel better about the treatment of the hawk you brought in. If you have any additional questions, I encourage you to email me at mhouck@carolinaraptorcenter.org. Regards, Michele Miller Houck Associate Executive Director
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Syl O wrote a review Feb 2020
Charlotte, North Carolina6 contributions5 helpful votes
Great place to visit a lot of different birds who have been saved and cannot be released back into the wild. Every time I come there is a different event to see with these birds. One time the owls were tucking into their mice. This time the Golden Eagle was running around with his dinner in his claw and stomping around with it on the ground. My favorites will always be the vultures. Lots of vultures to see here. They are too cool! Lots of fun facts about the birds also make this a great fun and educational trip!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Karalatt wrote a review Jan 2020
Christiansburg, Virginia166 contributions24 helpful votes
We stumbled upon this place. Like a zoo-type environment for rehabilitated raptors. Enjoyed the walk around, park was clean and staff were pleasant. Enjoyed the fun facts around the exhibits and creative naming ‘Vulture Culture’.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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