Visitors to the Denver Zoo may now glimpse a Steller's sea eagle chick – the first successfully reared at the zoo, the nonprofit announced on April 2. The gender of the unnamed chick is still unknown.
Due to the inexperience of both first-time mothers, zoo staff is largely handling the care of those three babies. It is not uncommon for staff to step up until new mothers become accustomed to their new role, a zoo source said. The tamandua’s mother, Rio, has begun seeing the baby, Cayenne, socially but staff remains in charge of feedings.
The mother sea eagle, Ursula, is attentive to her new charge. Zoo guests may see the young sea eagle nesting with its mother high in its nest in Bird World, in their spacious home.
Frontier Airlines sponsors the bird habitats in Bird World.
Ursula, a 9-year-old native of the Cincinnati Zoo, has been at the Denver Zoo since 2006. Vlad, the father sea eagle, was hatched in the Netherlands in 2007. They were paired at the Denver Zoo on the recommendation of the international Species Survival Plan, designed to ensure healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals.
Stellar sea eagles are classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Their populations are decreasing in the wild due to habitat destruction and alteration, pollution and logging. They are also affected by over-fishing, which impacts their access to food in their natural habitat in East Asia.