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Guided tours offered daily!

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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife


Learn About Duchess

  • Classification: Bird
  • Species: Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
  • Wingspan: 6-8ft
  • Weight: 9-14lbs
  • Habitat in the Wild: Open and semi-open areas, particularly around mountains, hills, cliffs; adaptable to a wide variety of terrain
    • Diet in the Wild: Opportunists; nearly 200 species comprise golden eagle prey. Mammals of varying size, primarily rabbits, hares, ground squirrels, prairie dogs; carrion; large birds
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, poultry, venison, donated meats
    • Gender: Female

Duchess was brought into the Washington State University Veterinary Center on March 22, 2004. She had a fractured ulna (bone in her wing) from a car collision. Despite extensive physical therapy, her left wing still has a noticeable droop. She is the largest bird at WLI, but still weighs only about 13lbs. Her favorite daily indulgence is her bath, a gentle shower from the garden hose.

Visit Us

11845 Lower River Rd., Grants Pass, OR 97526
P.O. Box 36, Merlin OR 97532

Please make a reservation for your tour as you must be accompanied by a tour guide to visit!

  • Hours: 9AM - 5PM
  • Guided Tours: Every hour on the hour
  • Adults $14 | Seniors $12
  • Children (ages 4-13) $7
  • Children ages 3 and under by donation

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

In this pursuit we aim to:

  • Involve people to share in our mission.
  • Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted to our care.
  • Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.

We Need Your Help

With over 80 animal ambassadors, and over 1,000 sick injured and orphaned animals brought to our center each year - every dollar counts. We rely solely on people like yourself to support the work we do.

We receive no State or Federal funding and depend entirely on private funds to carry out our Mission.