Topeka Zoological Park is pleased to announce its newest additions to the collection, two Golden eagle chicks hatched on April 26th, and 28th, 2008.
The chicks are both being parent raised in their exhibit located next to Hill’s Black Bear Woods.
The chicks are not visible to the public at this time, both being kept in the nest by their parents. Zoo staff has observed the chicks and taken some photos to be shared with the public. The chicks will be very dependant on their parents for feeding and care for the next few months.
Eagle chicks are all white when hatched and start getting the adult plumage at about ten weeks of age.
The Topeka Zoo has worked with Golden eagles since the mid 1960s. In 1971, the Zoo became the first zoo to successfully hatch Golden eagles in captivity. The Zoo continues to work with this species and has produced a total of 59 chicks since 1971.
The Zoo grounds and buildings are open from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. The gates will close at 4:30p.m. Admission prices for the Topeka Zoo are $5.25 for adults, $4.25 for those ages 65 and over, and $3.75 for children ages 3-12. Children ages 2 and under and Friends of the Zoo members are admitted free.