First Independent Harpy Eagle Released in Bocas del Toro, Panamá
Kathia Herrera— 25 August 2004 — in Harpy Eagle Conservation and Research ShareOn 1 June 2004, members of the Bonyic and Solon communities in Bocas del Toro, representatives from ANAM (the environmental authority), and members of the media joined The Peregrine Fund-Panama (TPFP) for the release of a three-year-old Harpy Eagle, named “2001.” 2001 was hatched and raised in captivity at TPFP’s Neotropical Raptor Center in Panama. She was released as a young bird into Soberania National Park. There, biologists monitored her regularly and provided her with food, until they were sure that she was able to successfully hunt on her own. Since she reached complete independence of our care, it was time to re-release her into a more remote forest within Panama.
We arrived at the release site early enough in the day for the Harpy Eagle to have time to settle comfortably into the area. We opened the door to the kennel and she exited rapidly. She then flew into a nearby tree and took in her surroundings.
Now, we only have to wait for nature to do the rest. In a few years we hope that 2001 will find a mate and reproduce, thereby increasing the number and genetic diversity of this species in the wild.
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