Spouse/Guest Tour: Carolina Raptor Center and Latta Plantation

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

This unique tour will appeal to animal lovers and history lovers alike.

The Carolina Raptor Center

The Carolina Raptor Center, which got its unlikely start in the basement of the science building at UNCC, has come a long way. Since the arrival of the first injured owl in 1979, the non-profit organization has grown to one of the largest raptor rehabilitation centers in the United States. Last year, more than 650 injured and orphaned birds of prey were brought to the center for help.

Boasting one of the country’s most extensive collections of birds of prey, get a glimpse of what’s behind the scenes at Carolina Raptor Center’s raptor hospital and education trail. At the hospital, staff admits, treats and performs surgery and physical therapy on more than 900 birds a year. The goal is to get the majestic creatures healthy and released back into the wild as quickly as possible. Depending on availability at the time of the tour, it may include a private bird presentation and flight show.

Latta Plantation

Built in 1800, Latta Place was owned by James Latta, an immigrant from Northern Ireland. A successful traveling merchant through 1820, Mr. Latta then retired and turned his property into a cotton plantation consisting of 742 acres and 34 enslaved people. Visit rare and endangered breeds of historic livestock, see the process of growing short-staple cotton firsthand, visit the honeybee exhibit, and much more! We’ll take a guided tour of the house and explore the grounds.

The Carolina Raptor Center, paired with The Latta Plantation, makes for a wonderful afternoon excursion.

Cost: $54 per person

Tour includes transportation, guide and admissions

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