Both the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park have red-tailed hawks. Some came to us after being injured in the wild. They all serve as animal ambassadors, meeting guests up close and making appearances in shows and on television. You may meet one up close during a Keeper Talk at the Safari Park or during the Backstage Pass program at the Zoo.
While common and even numerous in North America, red-tailed hawks, like all wildlife, are vulnerable to hunters, loss of habitat, environmental toxins, and, especially for young hawks, cars. Yet red-tailed hawks are beneficial for rodent and grasshopper control and are protected under the U.S. Migratory Bird Act.
The preservation of wild places, whether plains or meadows, vast forests or city parks, can provide hunting and nesting sites for these and many other wild creatures.