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Carolina Raptor Center, Huntersville

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Science Museum Wildlife Area
The most recent addition to the Raptor Trail, the Owl Forest is fashioned after a nature notebook -- featuring areas for art exploration and nature observation as well as seven species of owl.
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  • I was told by a staff member that this is a private zoo and not associated with the park that it is in. I have to say, even for the fact that they are preserving the opportunity to see these interesti...  more »
  • Recently took my three year old son and my parents here. We were a little worried because it was a hot day and it's an outside activity but the whole place is shaded so it stays nice and cool. There w...  more »
  • This isn't a very big center (though not bad at a little under 1 mile of trails) - but it does have a ton of raptors, vultures etc. I drive almost 2hrs to get here and have been with my young children...  more »
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  • Outstanding place for kids and adults - The work done here by the Veterinarians and volunteers is inspiring. Really a cool place to learn things that we never knew about the birds we just watch soaring around in the air... Take a trip, and enjoy an bit of time as you walk the paths & view the birds in rehab... Easy walk, but bring some bug spray (the mosquitoes can be brutal)
  • The Raptor Center is awesome. Birds of prey are the most beautiful and fearsome fowl on the planet. The job that the veterinarians and care keepers of the birds is remarkable also. Lots of the aircraft designed for the military and commercial carriers are based on these birds. I can only give 5 stars but the birds and the center deserve 10.
  • The description on the website talks about a huge acreage for the facility, but we didn't realize until we got there that only a small portion is open to the public. Also, I was expecting a more holistic approach to providing injured birds an environment like the wild, and it's mostly looking at birds in cages. Really enjoyed the talks by the volunteers when they brought out individual birds for Q&A, and the vulture feeding session at noon with demonstrations and a keeper talk. That was worth the entrance fee for me, but not somewhere I plan on visiting again on a regular basis.
  • Beautiful birds and owls!! The animal hospital exhibit was just columns of descriptions of the processes that go on at the animal hospital.
  • Fantastic place to learn about birds from around the world and how you can help preserve them and their habitats.