Adonis arrived at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in 1995.
He was found near a remote village in Alaska with a gunshot wound and as a result, his left-wing required a full amputation.* Since Adonis cannot fly, he has found a permanent home at AWCC.
A bald eagle develops its white head feathers when it becomes mature at the age of 4 or 5 years old. Adonis already had his white head feathers when he arrived at the AWCC, so it is estimated that he is about 25 years old.
Many eagles migrate south for the winter, but some remain in Alaska year-round. Visiting eagles frequent the AWCC to rest or hunt near the Turnagain Arm.
*Even though it is illegal to harm an eagle under the Bald Eagle Protection Act, an estimated 2,000 – 3,000 eagles are shot or injured in the United States each year.