Birds of prey have telescopic vision, enabling them to be excellent hunters, decent astronomers, and inferior in relationships, when the big picture is really more important. Brush up on your raptor factoids with today's deal. For $4, you get one general-admission ticket to the Carolina Raptor Center, located a brisk 15 minutes away from Uptown Charlotte.
Unlike their mythical cousin, the velociraptor, modern-day raptors are real birds of prey that strike like death from the sky. Visitors can expect to see a wide variety of these fearsome creatures, from eagles to owls, some of which can be seen up close and personal at one of the center's several live programs and tours. On a clear day, fortunate guests can catch a clear view of the resident raptor, Emma, a white barn owl taken under the wing of the center following a series of broken bones. Too fragile to survive in the wild, Emma now pitches in around the center, raising wildlife awareness and taloning up rogue litter.
At the Carolina Raptor Center, the caring staff believes that all birds deserve a nest to call home, unless of course they are owls, in which case their home must contractually be a den with ergonomic computer desk. Taking in wounded wings, the center prides itself on giving its inhabitants a second chance. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own binoculars for optimal viewing, or they can opt to cup their hands in front of their eyes for an incredible 1x zoom.
WCNC Channel 5 recently featured the Carolina Raptor Center in a story related to naming a new eagle. Yelpers give the Carolina Raptor Center 4.5 stars. Citysearchers, Insider Pagers, and Kudzuers all give it five stars:
- Great place to go relax outside and help wildlife. The grounds are filled with walking/horse trails. You can definitely find a nice quiet spot. – Vampiress144, Citysearch
- I have always been intrigued by the Carolina Raptor Center and make it a point to take my children there to visit at least 2-3 times a year. They love to see the variety of birds that can be found there and I love how they save birds that need saved. – Krystal P., Insider Pages
- You will be amazed by how much you can learn at the Raptor Center. My favorite place to take visitors. – NazDrowieYall, Kudzu