Majestic eagle owl, Flaco, makes his public debut

New York, N.Y. Nov. 10, 2010 – He has large talons, an intense stare, and is the biggest and newest addition to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo – an eagle owl named Flaco.

This beautiful bird has visitors pausing at his exhibit in amazement. His large eyes emit an intense stare as he turns his head like only an owl can do.  Zookeepers say Flaco is adjusting very well to his new home at the zoo and is a truly awe-inspiring sight.

Most of Flaco’s time is spent perching on branches and trees within his exhibit located in the zoo’s Temperate Territory section, which is also home to snow leopards, snow monkeys, and red pandas.

Eagle owls are one of the largest owl species. They are powerful birds that can have a wingspan of up to 79 inches. Mostly nocturnal, eagle owls live in mountainous forest regions of Europe and Asia. They often nest on cliffs and eat small mammals in the wild.

The Wildlife Conservation Society works in more than 60 countries to save wildlife like eagle owls and other species around the world.

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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo - Open every day of the year.  Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $7 for children 3 to 12, and free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. Tickets are sold until one half-hour before closing. The zoo is located at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street. For further information, please call 212-439-6500 or visit

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide.  We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo.  Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony.  WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

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