War Eagle's Caretakers
From 1960 until 2000, Auburn's Delta chapter of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity was responsible for the care of the War Eagles. War Eagle’s IV – VI were all housed in the A.E. Hamer, Jr. Memorial Aviary which was located on campus near Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The Auburn University Raptor Center (AURC) is currently responsible for daily care of Auburn’s War Eagle. Besides caring for Auburn’s War Eagle, the AURC has 20 other permanent residents and approximately 300 raptors are admitted to the hospital annually.
The mission of the Auburn University Raptor Center is to provide the highest quality medical care and rehabilitation for wild raptors, support raptor conservation efforts, expand the public’s knowledge about raptors, inspire their passion for raptor ecosystems, and to embolden the Auburn spirit.
AURC does this by:
Collaborating with faculty and staff of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Offering quality educational experiences using animal ambassadors.
Providing rehabilitation services to raptors in need and guidance to the public seeking assistance with injured or orphaned wildlife.
Providing hands-on experiences for veterinary and undergraduate students while maintaining the highest quality of care.
Supporting raptor conservation by participating in relevant research initiatives.