A big project is underway at the Tucson Wildlife Center.
With help from the Tucson Electric Power Company, the facility is building two large eagle flight enclosures.
The facility rescues and rehabs desert animals injured in the wild. From orphaned Bobcats, to Javelina, Coyote, Skunks, and all kinds of birds of prey, there are currently 68 animals housed at the facility. 26 of them are birds of prey like Hawks, and even one Golden Eagle.
Staff said the Golden Eagle was found emaciated and near death in Wilcox, last October. He is currently learning how to fly so they can release him back into the wild when he is strong enough.
Staff said the TWC's current raptor enclosure isn't large enough to be fully functional for eagle rehabilitation. The wingspan of a golden eagle can reach seven and a half feet. Most of the eagles TWC receives have lead poison and require intense and lengthy treatment.
The current enclosure serves as the final stage of rehabilitation for all of TWC's large raptors and can be very busy, but is essential to these magnificent bird's recovery and ultimate survival in the wild.
The need for these new enclosures is a result of TWC's increased intake, so funds were raised specifically to build two massive side-by-side enclosures. They will be the largest of their kind in Southern Arizona.
Lisa Bates, co-founder of TWC, estimates the entire project should be completed by July 2013. She says, "This is a great opportunity to showcase the cooperation between TEP and TWC and will ultimately benefit the entire community." TEP has donated 17 power poles and volunteered man hours to set the poles and run wire across the top of the structures. Ben Cole, Architect is credited for his volunteer work in designing this one-of-a-kind custom masterpiece.