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Feb 11, 2013 6:44 PM by Leasa Conze

New homes for raptors in rehab at local wildlife center

TUCSON - The Tucson Wildlife Center, with the help of Tucson Electric Power, has broken ground on two new eagle flight enclosures.

The current enclosure at TWC's east side property isn't large enough to really get the job done for eagle rehabilitation. It works well for the final stage of a raptor's rehab, but TWC is taking in many more birds than it used to and needs more space for the early stages of rehab.

Plus, the wingspan of a golden eagle can reach seven and a half feet, so they need room to spread out.

Most of the eagles taken in by the Tucson Wildlife Center have lead poisoning and they need intense and lengthy treatment.

Funds were raised specifically to build two massive side-by-side enclosures.

When they're completed, they will be the largest of their kind in Southern Arizona.

Tucson Electric Power has donated 17 power poles and volunteered man hours to set the poles and run wire across the top of the structures.

"This is a great opportunity to showcase the cooperation between TEP and TWC and will ultimately benefit the entire community," says Lisa Bates, co-founder of TWC. She expects the entire project to be done by July.

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