Our education birds give visitors a rare chance to go face-to-face with animals that are most often seen far in the distance or high in the sky. Close up, you can observe the intricate pattern of feathers, the impressive size of their talons, and the lively glint in the eyes of these beautiful birds of prey.
We invite you to visit our birds at the World Center for Birds of Prey.You may view our schedule of daily live bird presentations or take a behind-the-scenes tour for a more in-depth look at the care and training of our avian ambassadors.
Hatched in 1965, Stoffel is the “old man” of the education birds. A native of South Africa, he was about a year old when he was given to Peregrine Fund founder Tom Cade. Stoffel is imprinted on humans and cannot live in the wild.
Stoffel lives in an enclosure outdoors where he often vocalizes loudly at visitors while puffing up his chest feathers and spreading his wings. Some of our educators, though not all, have been able to gain his trust and get close enough to scratch the back of his neck, a bonding activity Bataleur pairs display in the wild.