Take a walk on the wild side at Carolina Raptor Center's Raptor Trail.
Catch wonder by the tail with our formal and informal education programs. Children 3 to 93 will delight the science and natural history of 38 raptor species and how they have inspired human invention.
Staff and volunteers at this hidden hospital in the woods treats over 900 injured and orphaned birds a year – more than any other US raptor center. Over 70% are released back into the wild!
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A Return to the Carolina Skies by Lori Norwood greets visitors to Carolina Raptor Center. File Photo.
Carolina Raptor Center: Conserve. Educate. Inspire.
As a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, CRC relies on public financial support to fulfill our mission goals that include environmental education, the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors, and environmental stewardship. Carolina Raptor Center is currently celebrating the 40th year since the first patient, a Broad-winged Hawk, was brought to Dr. Dick Brown in the basement of the biology building at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Carolina Raptor Center ignites imaginations and inspires engagement in the natural world through the exploration and rehabilitation of birds of prey.
Integrity: Be authentic to self and others through kindness, responsibility, and trust.
Collaboration: Supportive teamwork through open communication and personal leadership. Engaging communities by pursuing accessible and inclusive opportunities.
Innovation: Inspire life-long education and growth through creativity, taking risks, and having FUN!
The Raptor Trail is a three-quarter mile walking trail and zoological facility that permanently houses and displays more than thirty birds of prey. The birds act as ambassadors for their wild counterparts and serve an important role in connecting people with wildlife in a safe and respectful manner. Guests can enjoy learning about birds of prey from across the globe during their walk on the Raptor Trail.
In addition to the Raptor Trail, the Carolina Raptor Center has a medical facility for injured wild raptors. Our experienced medical staff evaluates and treats between 800-1000 raptors every year. Like all medical facilities, our hospital maintains a safe and hygienic space for patients to heal. To ensure that our patients receive the highest quality of care, we try to minimize disturbances and cannot allow the general public access to the hospital. Please reach out to the Carolina Raptor Center if you have concerns about an injured or sick raptor in your neighborhood.The medical facility can accept new raptor patients between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily. Please call 704-875-6521 x 125 before bringing raptors to the medical facility.