Meet the Majestic Harpy Eagle, A Raptor So Large You May Mistake It for Someone in Costume
8The history of the harpy
Historically speaking, harpies were found before in Southern Mexico through Central and South America. They were also found in Argentina but slowly started disappearing because of habitat destruction and natives shooting them.
Panama is where harpies are now being bred extensively although they are now extinct in El Salvador and one pair was earlier observed in Belize.
9What they do
The harpy is a very family-oriented bird. It may be intimidating with talons and legs as thick as a man’s wrists but then it hunts down sloth monkeys with agility and strength that none have seen before. The harpy chooses a mate for life and shares parenting duties lifelong. It also cares for chicks for the first two years of their lives.
10The Peregrine fund helps the harpy increase
The peregrine fund in 1989 helped the numbers of the harpy increase after breeding them in captivity and then returning them to the rainforests. The project gained support from several Latin countries that donated eagles to zoos around the world.
1150 harpies have been released in the wild since 1998
The breeding program for the harpies was set up in the fund HQ in Boise Idaho where exact replicas of their habitats were constructed right up to the right amount of sunlight, temperature and humidity. Along with cooperation from the Neotropical Raptor Center and breeding facility in Panama City, Panama, in 2001, 17 harpy eggs hatched in one year alone.
Since 1998, more than 50 harpies have been released in the wild. Thanks to the Peregrine Fund that has gained enough knowledge about harpy, the world will not lose the bird-like many other exotic species in the wild. The harpy will survive there is no doubt about that.