Harpy Eagle
(Harpia harpyja)

 

Listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN, harpy eagles are among the world’s largest raptors with talons as large as a grizzly bear claw. These massive birds of prey can be found throughout South America, including Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Suriname, Argentina, Belize and Ecuador. The main threats facing this species is poaching and loss of habitat through deforestation.

The Peregrine Fund is helping the harpy eagle by breeding them in captivity to release more into the wild, education of the local people, and further research of the species. NECF works closely with The Peregrine Fund and receives regular donations from NECF.