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Carolina Raptor Center

6000 Sample Road

Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey, through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphan raptors.

Vision Preamble
Carolina Raptor Center is focused on broadening our constituent and stakeholder base, while expanding the impact of our programs. Currently we meet our mission by educating tens of thousands of school children every year and participating in local and regional events to share environmental lessons and encourage stewardship. We advise other raptor centers, falconers, and zoos in the care and rehabilitation of raptors, and the training of raptors used in education programs and participate and present in national conferences every year. Furthermore, we collaborate in research projects conducted at universities and other raptor centers and initiate research that advances our knowledge of raptor biology and treatment, and the environmental health of our world in general.

Vision Statement
    * To promote environmental stewardship through education about our environment, the role raptors play in our ecosystem, and sustainable habitats that support animals and humans alike; and to advance our education programs in a wide geographic area using modern technological tools.
    * To build on CRC’s reputation as a leading rehabilitation center to become recognized as a center of excellence for our care of, and success at releasing, injured and orphaned raptors back into the wild and for developing state-of-the-art avian medicine techniques.
    * To leverage a growing database on raptors, and growing networks in the scientific community, into research that advances our knowledge of raptor biology, behavior and treatment, as well as the environmental health of our world in general.
    * To build on CRC’s program, fiduciary and governance practices to become broadly recognized as a center of excellence in all of our organizational operations.



Sunday, June 10, 2018
I'm so glad I was able to stop by. I liked walking through the paths in the woods and coming upon the enclosures. Plenty of hawks, falcons, owls and eagles to see from across the globe. Very cool place! The place serves a dual purpose of caring for injured birds while also being able to inform the public about them. It was sad to see a couple of birds trying to fly but couldn't because some of their wing had to be amputated.

David Childress

Monday, May 28, 2018
What a wonderful place to visit and spend the afternoon. The Raptor Center is perfect for the whole family. We've been bringing our daughter since she was a toddler and still return multiple times a year to see our favorite birds and learn new things. We really appreciate the center's mission and the ability to interact and learn with these amazing birds.

Michael Dmytryszyn

Monday, June 18, 2018
Fun place. You can learn a lot here and see some interesting animals for only a few bucks, and that money goes straight to helping these beautiful birds. Vultures, corvids, eagles, owls, and more. We didn't get to see any of the live shows or performances, but they do offer them and it'd be awesome to go back and see.

Clint Midkiff

Sunday, March 11, 2018
It’s certainly interesting and I’m sure spring time is/would be a better time to visit than the chilly March day we chose. It would be beneficial for the facility to advise that the exhibitions were not open other than one European barn owl being held while the guide spoke. Many birds were “hiding” apparently due the chilly weather. I’ recommend that a call be made before going to ensure that the birds will be exhibited.

Molly Leonhardt

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Great facility for learning about and seeing raptors. The layout of the paths makes for an easy walk for kids. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and patient with children's questions. We visited at 10:30 on a Sunday morning and had the place to ourselves. It looked like the birds had been recently fed and were visible. I highly recommend.

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