Durango, a male, based on his small size - was taken legally as an 'eyass' (nestling) for the sport of falconry in the spring of 2000. However, poor housing and perching during the winter caused him to injure both wrists and wing tips. Although the veterinarians at the School of Veterinary Medicine, in Pullman, WA, managed to save both wing tips, there was permanent damage to his joints that resulted in limited flight. He joined the Education Team in November 2001. Every spring, Durango makes a scrape – a falcon’s nest – by moving the pebbles on his enclosure’s floor. He only invites his favorite handler to inspect his work. Durango is part of the training as enrichment team.
Adoptive "Parents" of Durango:
Steve & Julie Hunnicutt • Jan & Bill Ryan • Koa Smith
Valerie Viterbi - In loving memory of My Beloved Husband, Alexander J. Viterbi
Sing & David Tam • Rebecca Whitt • Tim Comford