Eagles are charismatic, majestic and powerful - characteristics that evoke public interest and awe. Positioned at the top of the food chain, eagles play a crucial role in the balance of a healthy ecosystem – and can serve as valuable indicators of environmental change.
The worldwide situation for eagles is alarming, with many wild populations of these species in decline due to loss of habitat and prey, threats from humans, poisoning and rapidly emerging diseases. Of the 74 currently recognized eagle species, 32 (43.2%) are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered by the IUCN-World Conservation Union.
Acting as guardian of our feathered friends, the Eagle Conservation Alliance was established in October of 2006 and has worked to bring together eagle experts from around the world in a united effort to protect all eagle species. Experts from the zoological field, private individuals, and researchers have met once a year to review the best practices in research, husbandry, and captive breeding.
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has supported each of these meetings and looks forward to finding solutions for this beloved symbol of strength and longevity.