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Celebrating Panama’s national bird the harpy eagle
This Sunday, April 15, Summit Municipal Park will celebrate the harpy eagle with “Festi Harpia 2018”, whose main object is to pay homage and promote the conservation of Panama’s national bird and its habitat. The event will last from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and tickets cost $2 general entrance, $1 for pensioners and students with I.D. and children under six years old enter free.
For that day they there will a special Metro Bus route to Summit Park from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the fare will cost $0.25. The bus will depart from the Albrook Mall, Bay E in front of El Costo.
There will be informative talks about Panama’s national bird, artistic presentations, a bouncy castle, guided tours and you can visit the magnificent eagle, appropriately named Panama, in its enclosure. The event is organized by the Panama Municipality and the Friends of the Harpy Eagle Foundation.
The funds collected by this event will be used to finance the environmental education program of the foundation and for the maintenance of the Harpy Eagle enclosure and other related projects.
Panama is the fifth harpy Eagle housed by Summit Municipal Park, before her there were Sony, Metro, Ancon and the last one, Cheyenne, who lived for 51 years. The new eagle is eight years old and is the only one of its specie born in a United States zoo. It arrived on the Isthmus on June 15, 2013.
Panamá flew for the first time when she left the nest at 100 days old. She is very curious and onlookers grab her attention.
This bird is of great ecological importance and for that reason it is called the “ecological detective”. It is a good indicator of the health of the flora and fauna of the area it inhabits, because it is at the top of the food chain.