“Panama” the Harpy Eagle now at Summit

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“Panama” is happily at home, on display at Summit Park.

“Panama” is happily at home, on display at Summit Park.

A new tourist attraction has arrived in Panama, a Harpy Eagle named “Panama.” She arrived over the weekend courtesy of American Airlines from the Miami Zoo. “Panama” now lives at Summit Municipal Park near Panama City at the exhibit especially created for this species. Since 2002, the Harpy has been the national bird of the Republic of Panama.

“Panama” was born in September of 2009, being the first birth of an Harpy Eagle in the Miami Zoo. A detail that makes “Panama” special is that she is the first Harpy to be raised by its parents in captivity.

“Panama” flew first class cargo and has arrived safely at the Summit Metropolitan Park, where she has been on display in her 800-meter habitat since Tuesday this week.

The park is located eight kilometers past the Miraflores Visitor’s Center at the Panama Canal, on the way to Gamboa. It has many wildlife exhibits, walking paths and a picnic area. Entrance is a nominal fee and operating hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. For information on the park, call 232-4850 or visit parquesummit.org. To learn more about the Harpy Eagle, visit aguilaharpia.org.


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