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Harpy Eagle, Support the Belize Zoo, 23rd November 2010

5 Responses to “Harpy Eagle, Support the Belize Zoo,”

  1. 1

    Une photo très réussie. On dirait un effet Dragan sur un aigle. Grandiose !

  2. 2

    Great photo. Like it!!

    admin Reply:

    @Melissa, thanks Melissa, love the processing on your wedding pics!

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    PA Photography:

    The details on this Harpy Eagle are incredible. This may actually be better than seeing it in person! Amazing! Very Nat-Geo like…

    admin Reply:

    @PA Photography, Thanks Jaime, much appreciated. There are a few other shots from the eagle, check out you might enjoy these.

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Harpy Eagle, Support the Belize Zoo,

The story behind "Harpy Eagle, Support the Belize Zoo,"

The harpy eagle is the largest eagle in the world. WikiPedia:

The Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja), sometimes known as the American Harpy Eagle, is a Neotropical species of eagle. This species was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 as Vultur harpyja,[2] after the mythological beast harpy. It is the only member of the genus Harpia.

It is the largest and most powerful raptor found in the Americas, and among the largest extant species of eagles in the world. It usually inhabits tropical lowland rainforests in the upper (emergent) canopy layer.

Its name refers to the harpies of Ancient Greek mythology. These were wind spirits that took the dead to Hades, and were said to have a body like an eagle and the face of a human.

I shot this picture in the Belize Zoo. Normally I hate zoos as the animals always look sad and neglected. But the Belize Zoo is quite nice and well taken care for. Until a hurricane past month and destroyed most of it, It is now closed until further notice… If you like the picture here, you can help out by donating via their website

Some background info:

The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center was started in 1983, as a last ditch effort to provide a home for a collection of wild animals which had been used in making documentary films about tropical forests.

Shortly after the backyard “zoo” began, it was quickly realized that its Belizean visitors were unfamiliar with the different species of wildlife which shared their country. This very aspect fomented the commitment to develop the little zoo into a dynamic wildlife education center.

Today, The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 125 animals all native to Belize. The zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as gifts from other zoological institutions.

A visit to the zoo is the best way to get an introduction to the animals of Belize, and to understand why it is important to protect the habitats that sustain them.

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