The Queens Zoo’s Eagle
53-51 111th St., Corona
Located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the Queens Zoo is a popular spot for families from across the borough and New York City. One of the most popular exhibits at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo is the bald eagles.
The larger eagle is Claire, which was named after former Queens borough president, Claire Shulman, who was a longtime supporter of the Queens Zoo. The male eagle is named Mel, after Claire Schulman’s husband, Dr. Mel Shulman.
Both eagles were accidentally injured in the wild. Claire had a collision with a jet in Alaska, and Mel broke his shoulder as a young eaglet when the tree he was nesting in fell over in a storm. Both birds are unable to fly and would not be able to survive in the wild on their own.
Aside from the eagles, the zoo also has bison, an Andean bear, sea lions, Canadian lynx, coyotes, Flemish giant rabbits, puma, thick-billed parrots and other animals. Its attractions include an animal trail, aviary and a playground.