A brand new exhibit to house two of Assiniboine Park Zoo’s precious Steller’s sea eagles was unveiled Friday. The exhibit was the result of $200,000 in fundraising by the Zoological Society of Manitoba, and includes a bubbling creek, pond and plenty of space for the eagles to expand their massive wings.
Stella arrived at the zoo in 2005 from Estonia, while Stanley came from the Czech Republic in 2006. Zoo officials are hoping the pair will begin breeding soon, as they are both now fully grown, aged seven and five, respectively.
Steller’s sea eagles are quickly becoming a rare breed. Natives to the sub-Arctic west coast of Russia, there are fewer than 5,000 of them left in the wild.