In 2000, VINS received Lafayette from the Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette, Indiana. He has a partial amputation to his right wing, which severely limits his flight ability. The bald eagle enclosure at VINS contains many ramps to help him get around more easily.
Lafayette and our female bald eagle, Elmwood, are rather talkative birds. Their high-pitched calls can be heard all over the VINS campus. Both of our bald eagles often perch near the front of their enclosure, giving visitors a stunning view. When they perch close together, Lafayette appears slightly smaller than our female, Elmwood.
The Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation ensures that all exhibit birds have comfortable living quarters, biannual health checks, and a variety of nutritious foods. Bald eagles like Lafayette eat a lot of fish in the wild, so we try to have “fish day” as often as possible when preparing his food. Our bald eagles also receive rabbit and chicken, including chicken wings and rabbit heads as “treats!”