Get to Know Nugget
The Hattiesburg Zoo welcomes Nugget the Golden Eagle.
- Nugget is an older, male eagle and weighs approximately 9 pounds.
- Nugget was a victim of power line shock. Because of this, he can no longer fly for long distances.
- Nugget was found in Ojai, California.
- Nugget is at Hattiesburg Zoo on loan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.
- Click here to learn more about how Nugget came to the Hattiesburg Zoo.
Golden Eagle Facts
- The grip of the Golden Eagle's talons is 10 times greater than a human’s grip.
- Golden Eagles tend to mate for life.
- Although jackrabbits and other small mammals and birds are common prey, Golden Eagles have been known to attack large prey, such as deer.
- The lifespan of a Golden Eagle is approximately 30 years.
- The wingspan of a Golden Eagle ranges between six and seven feet.
- Golden Eagles can see color.
- A Golden Eagle can dive at its prey at speeds of between 150 and 200 miles per hour.
- A Golden Eagle’s native range is Mexico, Western North America, Alaska, Northern Africa, Europe and Asia.
- Golden Eagles are a protected species in the United States.
- Special permits are needed to exhibit and care for Golden Eagles.