***We've hit our goal for today, but we are still accepting donations to get us closer to a new rehabilitation aviary! Thank you!***
Auburn University’s Southeastern Raptor Center (SRC) was founded in 1972 and the current rehabilitation aviaries were built in 2000. These aviaries are aging and falling behind modern rehabilitation design, which are now circular in design to allow for continuous flight.
In 2020, 341 raptors were admitted to our facility. After receiving an exam and needed care, their last step is placement in an outdoor aviary to regain flight strength prior to release. Our current aviaries only allow raptors to fly from one side of the enclosure to the other. A circular aviary would allow continuous flight and reduce the time needed for raptors to be released back into the wild.
The total project cost for this new rehabilitation aviary is an estimated $325,000, and our goal today is to raise $25,000 toward this beginning phase for the newest Southeastern Raptor Center expansion.