"If you drive slowly through the back section of the Drive-Thru Safari, you can see a nest off to the far left," Park Foreman, Josh Adkins said. "We're happy to have some resident bald eagles near us once again."
Bald eagles are something of a national success story. Beginning in the 1940s, environmentalists voiced concern about a pesticide called DDT that was widely used in agriculture. DDT worked its way up the food chain to bald eagles, causing them to lay infertile or brittle eggs. Populations have rebounded since the chemical was banned in the early 1970s; according the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the number of bald eagle nests statewide has nearly quadrupled in the past decade alone.
Guests wishing to get a view of the wild bald eagles can visit African Safari Wildlife Park daily from 10 AM to 5 PM with the last car admitted into the Drive-Thru at 4 PM. The Park's Extended Weekend days are May 13, 14, 20, and 21 open 9 AM to 6 PM with the last car admitted at 5 PM. The Summer Season begins May 26 and runs through September 4.
The Midwest's only Drive-Thru Safari, African Safari Wildlife Park, is located at 267 S. Lightner Rd. in Port Clinton, Ohio. It is open daily through December 3rd, 2017.