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The Hattiesburg Zoo welcomes Nugget the Golden Eagle. 


About Nugget

  • 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.

Golden Eagle FAQs

Nugget Photo Gallery

Cry of the Golden Eagle

Special thanks to Nugget's habitat Sponsors, The Southern Miss Alumni Association, The USM Foundation, and the USM Student Government Association.