Eagle Mountain Sanctuary provides ample natural perching to its residents.
'Hero' perches on a branch leading up to her and her mate's nest.
The lower enclosure at Eagle Mountain Sanctuary houses gunshot victim amputees.
Eagle Mountain Sanctuary is home to three nesting pairs who hatch and raise eaglets each spring.
Eagle Mountain Sanctuary educates thousands of Dollywood guests annually.
Natural landscaping and flora provide an ideal home for these disabled Bald Eagles.
Residents of Eagle Mountain Sanctuary are provided fresh food daily.
Breeding pairs make their man-made nests their own with natural material found in their aviary.
'Independence' stands near her watering bowl.
The 'Pick a Mate' section houses eligible bachelor and bachelorette Eagles.
At Dollywood, guests can stroll along the edge of Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, where they will see the largest exhibit of non-releasable Bald Eagles in the United States.
Eagle Mountain Sanctuary encompasses 400,000 cubic feet on the side of a very steep, heavily wooded hillside. The Bald Eagles residing within Eagle Mountain Sanctuary are all permanently disabled and would not be able to survive in the wild. These birds are cared for daily by AEF staff who provide fresh water and food and who visually ensure that the Eagles are in good health. They are given complete physicals once a year when their enclosures are inspected and renovated.
Eagle Mountain Sanctuary is divided into five sections:
- The largest enclosure is called the ‘Pick a Mate’ section. It is the home of eligible bachelor and bachelorettes Eagles—all with physical disabilities but with at least partial flight ability. Many of our Bald Eagle breeding pairs throughout the years have resulted from two Eagles from this section choosing each other as mates, at which point they are given their own private enclosure with the hope that they will reproduce and raise Eaglets that will be released into the wild.
- Three large enclosures are dedicated to nesting pairs. They are outfitted with a man-made nesting structure that the pairs ‘make their own’ with nestorations and natural materials from the enclosure. Currently, two of these enclosures are inhabited by Bald Eagle breeding pairs ‘Independence’ & ‘Franklin’ and ‘Hero’ & ‘Volunteer.’ The third enclosure belongs to ‘Isaiah’ & ‘Mrs. Jefferson.’ Four other Bald and Golden Eagle breeding pairs reside at AEF’s off-park facility in private spacious breeding enclosures.
- The fifth enclosure is located on level ground separate from the main exhibit. Eagles who have no flight ability (wing amputations) live in this naturally landscaped enclosure.
The exhibit can be viewed by the public from early April through the first week in January, while the Dollywood theme park is open to the general public.