Dakini, along with her sister Anu and two other siblings, were orphaned when their nest tree was cut down in June 2006. They were taken to Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek CA and were placed in an artificial nest to prepare them for release. Unfortunately, they were released right before a 10 day period of extremely high temperatures (100-114°F) and were so disoriented that they did not come back to the artificial nest for food or water. One youngster died of kidney damage from dehydration, and by the time the remaining siblings could be rescued, the resulting heat stroke caused brain damage, making them incapable of surviving in the wild.
Anu and Dakini joined our Education Team in 2008. After working with trainer Kit Lacy, they were able to "kite" on cue during educational programs. Kit, a videographer, was able to capture the process and the sisters' unique hunting behavior on video. The team won the 'Behavior of the Year' award at the 2012 conference of The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators in Minnesota. Anu and Dakini are participants in the outreach team.
Adoptive "Parents" of Dakini
Catie Lagomarsino & Trevor Wood • Kelly Ann Fukuhara
Angela Krause • Tina and Joel Butler • Brian Stanley
Paul Wagner • Jason and Dana Dedrick Family
Wyatt-Stone Family • Sue Carbajal • Angela Wyatt
Sophie Miller • Hampton Brown • Harris Painting, LLC