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READY TO MEET
A RAPTOR

THIS CLOSE?

GETTING CLOSER TO THE RAPTORS COULD SAVE THEM

Birds of prey have always awed humans, and it’s easy to understand why. They are silent predators from the sky, swooping down with speed, precision and deadly intent.

But they are also vulnerable. Their existence is threatened by human activity throughout the world. In Asia, 3 species of vultures are now listed as critically endangered; the Red Kite is threatened in Europe; persecution of hawks and eagles is common in rural Australia. The list is growing.

If we’re to ensure a future that includes these awe-inspiring birds, we must see them as more than just predators. When we get to know them better, we see the critical role played by birds of prey in the delicate ecological balance. We see that we’re in this together.

We are a group of biologists and falconers on Vancouver Island, who created The Raptors to bring people closer to birds of prey, to educate, illuminate and encourage a sense of personal responsibility for the future of these essential creatures we share the planet with.

With us, they soar the skies unfettered and return – not always when we expect them to! They live enriched, fulfilling lives as ambassadors of their species, permitting people to get closer, which fosters the deeper appreciation and understanding. They are so smart it’s not hard to imagine they know how cool they are!

The connection and experience of working with these birds is so powerful and profound, we had to create The Raptors and share it with everyone. Thanks for visiting!

Encounters

Encounters

Get some one-to-one time with a magnificent bird of prey. Learn about the species and discover we how train and care for them.

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Come and make some new flying friends at The Raptors Centre just north of Duncan, 50 minutes from Victoria.

Wildlife Management

Wildlife Management

Raptors have long been recognized as an efficient and effective method of problem bird control.

Our Educational Programs

Our Educational Programs

The Raptors offers a unique educational program for school groups, and works to keep it affordable to schools.

Our Raptors

bald-eagle

Bald Eagle

Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus
barn-owl

Barn Owl

Scientific Name: Tyto alba
turkey-vulture

Turkey Vulture

Scientific Name: Cathartes aura
gyrfalcon

Gyrfalcon

Scientific Name: Falco rusticolus

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

Our innovative wildlife management programs offer a highly effective solution for airports, industrial sites (like landfills, mills, buildings, etc.) and agricultural sites. With our fantastic birds, we can help clear areas of problem species like gulls, starlings, geese, and many others. This applied falconry combined with our team of specialized biologists and wildlife management experts creates unique and effective solutions to wildlife issues. For more information, check our wildlife management page.

Our Satisfied Customers

At The Raptors, we treasure feedback and value every single word that our visitors and clients share with us!  One of our top priorities is to serve your needs to the best of our ability. We would love to hear from you!