Birds of Prey Exhibit At Brevard Zoo Begins Jan. 17

By  //  January 6, 2015

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exhibit open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brevard Zoo is bringing back The Raptor Project during Martin Luther King Weekend, January 17-19. (Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival image)

Brevard Zoo is bringing back The Raptor Project during Martin Luther King Weekend, January 17-19. (Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Brevard Zoo is bringing back The Raptor Project during Martin Luther King Weekend, January 17-19.

This three-day special traveling exhibit features 15 to 20 impressive birds of prey which represent raptors found all over the world.

Guests can see a few take flight and learn about these amazing birds from master falconer and wildlife rehabilitator Jonathan Wood during two shows scheduled each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with Zoo admission.

Wood’s collection includes eagles, hawks, falcons and owls, representing every habitat on the planet including the arctic, desert, rainforest, wetlands, prairie, woodlands and tundra. They range in size from small falcons and owls weighing 2 to 3 ounces to majestic eagles with 7 and 8 foot wingspans.

Guests can see a few take flight and learn about these amazing birds from master falconer and wildlife rehabilitator Jonathan Wood during two shows scheduled each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with Zoo admission. (Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival image)

Guests can see a few take flight and learn about these amazing birds from master falconer and wildlife rehabilitator Jonathan Wood during two shows scheduled each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with Zoo admission. (Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival image)

Although many of his flock have permanent handicaps barring them from re-entry into the wild, these flaws are hard to detect. Now they serve as charming ambassadors of their species.

Wood is a federally licensed master falconer, wildlife rehabilitator, raptor propagator and licensed to handle eagles and endangered species for educational programs. He has trained and handled raptors for almost four decades, honing his skills to produce an award winning program and exhibit seen each year by millions.

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His expertise places him in demand as a consultant to national zoos. He also works regularly on movies, documentaries, commercials, theatrical productions and books. Wood travels the country along with his wife, Susan, and his daughter, Rachel, bringing insight to audiences on the world of raptors, producing over 500 programs annually in major cities across America.

While in Brevard County, the Raptor Project will participate at Brevard Nature Alliance’s 18th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival in January.

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