Carolina Raptor Center ignites imaginations and inspires engagement in the natural world through the exploration and rehabilitation of birds of prey. The 3/4 mile Raptor Trail is an educational attraction located at Latta Nature Preserve that allows visitors to experience the magic of birds of prey through more than 30 avian ambassadors. Our current Raptor Hospital facility treats over 800 to 1000 raptors a year, releasing 60% of the birds that live for the first 24 hours back into the wild. Carolina Raptor Center will soon embark on a capital campaign for a new facility that will include a large amphitheater and state-of-the-art aviaries to house one of the largest collections of birds of prey in the country.
- In 2022, CRC's Raptor Hospital treated its 25,000 patient and held a public release of a Bald Eagle to celebrate.
- CRC's Raptor Trail sees more than 30,000 visitors annually and our educational programs reach thousands of people each year.
- In 2023, CRC became home to 28 Black Vultures as part of a research trial for a vaccine against avian influenza to help protect endangered California Condors.