A male bald eagle, estimated to be more 40 years old and a Louisville Zoo resident since 1985, has died.

The zoo staff expressed sadness in its announcement of Sequoia’s recent passing.

“In his 36 years with us, he was a terrific animal ambassador for his iconic species teaching guest about the value and beauty of birds of prey and predators,” Louisville Zoo Director Dan Maloney said in a statement. “The American bald eagle has also been a triumphant conservation recovery story. When Sequoia came to the Zoo in the mid-’80s, bald eagles were considered endangered. In 2007, bald eagles were delisted when their numbers had increased due to successful conservation efforts that included banning of pesticides like DDT.”

Sequoia was found in the remnant wild with a broken wing that had to be amputated to save his life. He couldn’t be released back into the wild with one wing, so he found a home at the Louisville Zoo. In recent years, he shared the exhibit with another rehabilitated female eagle named Shelby.

The official state zoo of Kentucky, the Louisville Zoo is currently observing its fall and winter hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. It is closed to the public on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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