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Photos of surgery on an injured red-tailed hawk

Photos of surgery on a red-tailed hawk

Photos of surgery on a red-tailed hawk
August 1, 2008

The Wildlife Health Center is a 30,000-square-foot medical and applied research facility located on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo. The facility houses specialized areas for the performance of pathology exams as well as suites for sterile surgery and medical imaging. It includes laboratories in Clinical Medicine, Histopathology, and Field Veterinary Programs as well as a biomaterials archive, conference rooms, offices, a video conferencing center and library for professional health staff. Specialized animal enclosures are an integral part of WHC, with environments available for quarantine and isolation of new additions to the WCS collections as well as care for ill animals from the zoos and aquarium.

WCS’s Wildlife Health Sciences division is responsible for the health care of more than 20,000 wild animals in five Living Institutions in the city of New York: the Bronx Zoo, Ney Work Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo.

Wildlife Health Sciences division also sometimes treats sick and injured wild animals brought in by local park rangers.

In the photos below, Dr. Paul Calle, Director of Wildlife Health Center at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo headquarters, and Cornell University resident Dr. Maren Connolly examine a red-tailed hawk found unable to fly by a park ranger in Rockland County.

Red-tailed hawks are an endemic bird of prey to the New York area. This raptor will recover at the Bronx Zoo and then be transferred to a rehabilitation facility before being released.

Red-tailed hawk procedure. Photos by Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

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