What We Do
Carolina Raptor Center ignites imaginations and inspires engagement in the natural world through the exploration and rehabilitation of birds of prey.
Today, the 3/4 mile Raptor Trail is an educational visitor attraction that displays over 30 different species of raptors in Latta Nature Preserve. The new Quest facility scheduled to go online in 2022 will include a 200-seat amphitheater, 40 aviaries housing one of the largest collections of birds of prey in the country. The 13,000 square foot county-owned environmental education center opened to the public in July 2021. Our Raptor Rescue facility treats over 900 raptors a year, releasing 60% of the birds that live for the first 24 hours back into the wild.
Every year, more than 67,000 people visit us or participate in our education programs, and over half a million engage with us through media like Avian Adventures, #EarthOptimismCLT and our raptor rehab blog.