Amur tigers were discussed on “Zoo New”, Sunday November 29, 2009 on the CJOB 68 Weekend Wakeup Show with Chris Reid.
Steller’s Sea Eagle
At the Assiniboine Park Zoo:
Male: Stanley came from a zoo in the Czech Republic. He was born in 2005.
Female: Stella came from a zoo in Estonia. She was born in 2003
The Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Steller’s sea eagle are the only ones on exhibit in Canada
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable
Due to habitat loss, pollution DDT/PCB’s, over fishing (loss of prey), lead shot hunting (lead poisoning from scavenging)
- Wild population estimated at 5000 (as of 2006)
- One of eight species of sea/fish eagle
- Close relatives: North American bald eagle and the white-tailed eagle
- Frequent coasts, lakes and rivers
A Bit of Biology/Ecology:
- Males: weigh up to 6kg
- Females: weigh up to 9kg (females 2 to 4kg larger than males)
- Steller’s sea eagles are similar in size to the Philippine eagle and the harpy eagle.
Average wing length:
- Males = 590mm /1.9 ft.
- Females = 660mm/2.1 ft
- Total wingspan: up to 8 ft for females
Height: 85 to 94cm
- Russia: Kamchatka / Amur river, Northern Korea, China and Japan
- Breeds in Russia and over winters in Japan
- 4 to 5 years for sexual maturity
- 6 to 9 years for adult plumage
Sea Eagle Diet: 80% fish, 10% birds, 5% mammals, and 5% other
- Very little is known about these birds
- Scientific name means “Eagle of the open seas”
- Are honoured in Japan. Their Japanese name is “O-Washi”.
- Persecuted by hunters and poachers for stealing trapped animals.
- Are diurnal (active during the day)
- Adult eagles have about 7000 feathers.
- Are named after Georg Steller (1709-1746), a German biologist who also lent his name to the Steller’s jay, Steller’s sea lion (endangered), Steller’s eider (duck- vulnerable), and Steller’s sea cow (extinct).
Compiled by Scott Gray, Education Director, Zoological Society of Manitoba