Resident Raptors

The Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana receives approximately 1,800 wildlife cases each year. We treat these animals at no cost to the Good Samaritans who bring them to us, and our goal is to release them back into the wild (our release rate is approximately 44 percent). Before the animals are released, they must be in good health, and they must demonstrate that they can hunt. There are times when we cannot release the animals because they would not be able to survive. In these rare cases where the animal is in good health but cannot hunt and thus sustain itself, we keep the bird at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

Wildlife Presentations

Our resident raptors help educate veterinary students and the community about the importance of wildlife conservation. To request a visit from some of our resident raptors and a presentation on wildlife, please email Ginger Guttner, Communications Manager, at

Your Gifts Support the Care of Wildlife

The Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana (WHL) is dependent on donations to care for our resident raptors that are an integral part of our educational program. On average, it costs approximately $5000.00 per year to feed and care for our residents. You can be an integral part of the care of these birds by making a donation to our Adopt a Bird program. By adopting one of our residents for a small annual fee you will be helping to feed and care for our feathered friends.

For more information on how you can support the Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana, please contact Tracy Evans, Senior Director of Development, at 225-578-9870 or  

Meet Our Resident Raptors


Broad-Winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)

Adult female

Diet in wild: Small mammals, amphibians, and insects

Habitat: Forests, especially near bodies of water and areas with little human activity

Native range: Eastern North America during the summer, migrate in flocks of thousands (called "kettles") to South America in winter

Year arrived at WHL: 2014

Reason for residency at WHL: Fractured radius and ulna in her right wing; after surgery a large bony callus formed which limits her range of motion in that wing




Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Adult female

Diet in wild: Mammals, birds, reptiles, carrion

Habitat: Desert, scrublands, grasslands, roadsides, fields and pastures, broken woodland

Native range: Throughout continental North America

Year arrived at WHL: 2013

Reason for residency at WHL: Trauma to wing resulting in inability to fly