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Eaglet Born at Dollywood in Eagle Mountain Sanctuary

A new baby eagle was born at Dollywood! On April 17, an eaglet was born in the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary in Dollywood. We’ve got all the details on the eaglet at Dollywood and how you can watch the eagle family live!

New Baby Eagle at Dollywood

The American Eagle Foundation welcomed a new eagle to the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary in Dollywood on April 17! The eaglet was born to the American Eagle Foundation in Dollywood’s Grant and Glenda. The two were found to have an attraction to each other in 2017 and were moved to their own private aviary at the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary. You can watch the eaglet’s development into adulthood through Dollywood’s live webcam! The webcam is pointed at Grant and Glenda’s nest in the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary. Click here to view Dollywood’s live eagle cam.

About the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood

Dollywood sign in the summerThe Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood is a 30,000-square-foot aviary that houses the country’s largest presentation of non-releasable bald eagles. When you visit Dollywood, you’ll have the chance to catch a rare glimpse of these impressive birds of prey as members of the American Eagle Foundation interact with them. All of the eagles at Dollywood are under the care of the American Eagle Foundation, which is authorized to possess birds for education, exhibition, rehabilitation, and breeding under permits from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

More Places to See Eagles in the Smoky Mountains

If you’re hoping to see eagles on your visit to the Smoky Mountains, the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood is just one of the spots you have the chance to see them! Here are a few more places you can see eagles in the Smoky Mountains:

Wings of America Birds of Prey

Dollywood is also home to a Wings of America Birds of Prey performance. This entertaining show gives you an up-close look at the eagles and shares fascinating facts as the birds of prey are presented. In addition to eagles, the performance features falcons, hawks, vultures, owls, and other birds of prey. The show typically runs from mid-March through the end of October.

AEF Headquarters in Pigeon Forge

Majestic closeup of a bald eagle.Just a few minutes away from the Dollywood theme park is the American Eagle Foundation Headquarters. At 2957 Veterans Boulevard, visitors can tour the headquarters. Tours are typically offered Mondays through Fridays and must be requested at least seven days in advance online. When you tour the AEF Headquarters, you’ll have the opportunity to meet Challenger, America’s most famous bald eagle. Challenger is famous for flying through sports stadiums during the national anthem. To learn more about Challenger’s story, read our blog, “America’s Most Famous Bald Eagle Lives in Pigeon Forge: The Story of Challenger.” If you want to see Challenger during your tour, be sure to call the AEF Headquarters to see if he’s available during your preferred dates. Tours are available through May 31, 2019, when construction of a new barn for the raptors will begin. Tours will resume when construction is complete.

Get Your Tickets to Dollywood

For the chance to see this baby eagle and other birds of prey in person, start planning your visit to Dollywood! When you purchase your tickets to Dollywood through Visit My Smokies, you’ll receive free cancellation up to a certain date. Click here to buy your Dollywood tickets!