On Aug. 28, a hawk became a Gorilla, thanks in part to a PSU alumnus who is a pilot. 

Alexander replaces Harriet, a 35-year-old Harris’s hawk who had represented PSU Nature Reach in hundreds of outreach programs since 1988; she died in January 2019. 

Last summer, Director Delia Lister found a replacement, thanks to a partnership with Wild  Heart Rescue in Arizona and assistance from pilot Jeremy Albright, a 2004 alumnus and 2002 Homecoming King. 

“I couldn’t have asked for a better friend to help bring Alexander home,” Lister said. 

Having Alexander will provide an opportunity for people to see a bird that they might not ever get to see in the wild and will help train students who want to work with raptors as part of their career path.