L.A. Zoo Bald Eagle to Soar Over UCLA fans at Rose Bowl

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November 13, 2015

L.A. ZOO BALD EAGLE TO SOAR OVER ROSE BOWL AT UCLA FOOTBALL GAME AS PART OF THE BRUINS’ MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY

Saturday, November 14, 2015
7:30 pm
Rose Bowl

Bald Eagle Bird Show PHOTO CREDIT: Jamie PhamAs part of a soaring Military Appreciation Day celebration preceding Saturday night’s UCLA football game, a special athlete—a Los Angeles Zoo bald eagle—will fly above Bruin fans in the Rose Bowl and land on the field at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Representing our nation’s symbol of freedom, an eagle from the Zoo’s celebrated bird show will make this spectacular flight in front of its largest audience ever—one that is expected to top the 52,000 who witnessed a July 4, 2015 appearance at Dodger Stadium. By contrast, the L.A. Zoo’s Angela Collier World of Birds theater seats just 1,200 guests.

Just prior to the National Anthem, the L.A. Zoo eagle will take off from the Terry Donahue Pavilion and fly down to the Rose Bowl field onto the arm of its trainer. A typical bald eagle weighs between 6 and 14 lbs. with a wingspan ranging from 5.5 to 8 ft.

“It has been a thrill to watch this magnificent bird training at the Rose Bowl,” said Kait Hilliard, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. “We are proud of our special ambassador animal, and we’re especially delighted to partner with UCLA and be included in the game’s festivities honoring those who have served in the armed forces.”

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.

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