Height: Body, 34 to 43 in (86 to 109 cm); Wingspan, 6 to 8 ft (1.8 to 2.4 m)
Weight: 6.5 to 14 lbs (3 to 6.5 kg)
Lifespan: Average of 15-20 years, but up to more than 30 years on occasion.
Amelio: Male, Hatched June of 2005
Amelio came to us from a rehab center in Anchorage, Alaska. He originated from Dutch Harbor on Amaknak Island in Unalaska, Alaska. We were told that he was shot by a hunter, therefore the extensive wing damage which makes him unreleasable back into the wild. It was initially believed that Amelio was a female until blood tests were taken. The results were conclusive and Amelia became Amelio.
Tokata: Female, Hatched 1996
It was believed that Tokata hit a power line with the tip of her wing (breaking her wrist). Because of this injury, she is unreleasable to the wild. She was originally brought in to be an Education Ambassador animal, but it was decided to instead introduce her into the exhibit to provide companionship with Amelio.She normally lays 2 eggs each spring, but due to Fish Wildlife and Parks regulations, Bald Eagle breeding is highly regulated. The eggs are removed before hatching and replaced with fake "dummy" eggs which she continues to sit on. This prevents her from "double clutching" or laying more eggs which could lead to a calcium deficiency down the road. Amelio often sits on the nest. After a couple of months, the fake eggs are removed and the eagles return to their usual perching spots above until the next nesting season.