L.A. Zoo Bald Eagles Symbolize Our Nation’s Independence at Dodger Stadium on July 4th

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July 4, 2016

L.A. ZOO BALD EAGLES, SYMBOLS OF OUR NATION’S INDEPENDENCE, SOAR OVER DODGER STADIUM AT FOURTH OF JULY GAME FESTIVITIES

Bald Eagle LA Zoo Bird Show

A bald eagle flies over the World of Birds Show at the Los Angeles Zoo (Photo by Jamie Pham)

In a soaring Independence Day celebration, two special athletes—the Los Angeles Zoo’s bald eagles—will fly above Dodger Stadium fans and land on the field before the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 4th of July game (Monday, July 4, 2016). Representing our nation’s proud national bird and symbol of freedom, Chinook and Anami from the Zoo’s celebrated bird show make their second Independence Day flight at Dodger Stadium in front of an audience expected to top 52,000. By contrast, the L.A. Zoo’s Angela Collier World of Birds theater, their regular venue, seats just 1,200 guests. Anami, a female, is expected to fly from the elevator shaft atop the stadium’s top level, make several loops and join his trainer, Jon Guenther, in center field. Shortly thereafter, Chinook, a male, will follow the same route. Bald eagles weigh between 6 and 14 lbs with a wingspan ranging from 5.5 ft to 8 ft.

According to Kait Hilliard, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, “At one time bald eagles were an endangered species, but due to conservation efforts their numbers have rebounded. At the L.A. Zoo, we are dedicated to the conservation of many species and pleased to share their success story. These special ambassadors help connect people with animals and we’re especially delighted to partner with the Los Angeles Dodgers and be included in their Fourth of July celebration for the second year.”

L.A. Zoo’s bird care staff, in addition to Guenther, is Caitlin Coffee, Melissa Loebl, Shawna Joplin, Kristin Marshall, Allison Rigger, Dmetri Domerick and Joanna Steinhauer.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.75 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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