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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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.
CRC’s rehabilitation program has admitted over 20,000 birds in its over 40 years. Founded by Dr. Dick Brown, CRC outgrew the basement of the UNCC science building and moved to Latta Nature Preserve in 1984. Over 800 birds are admitted to the raptor hospital annually. Up to 60% of the raptors admitted to the hospital are released back into the wild.