Birds at the Brookgreen Gardens Zoo

In addition to numerous sculptures, Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina is also home to many wild species that make the greater area of the Gardens their home. Some of these birds, eagles and herons, have sustained an injury and could not survive in the wild. Their professional zookeepers provide safety, shelter, and enrichment for these birds.

Rescued Eagles

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron Rescued

Black-crowned Night Heron Perched

Running from the Dogs

“Actaeon” by Paul Howard Manship at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.

In pain and terror Actaeon (a famous hero in Greek mythology) leaps forward, his body in a sharp diagonal. Antlers sprout from his forehead. One dog has sprung on his body from the rear, and another runs under his feet, with lifted snarling head.

Running from the Dogs

Trio of Horses

“Mares of Diomedes” by Gutzon Borglum at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.

Horses race forward, bodies pressed together. All are wildly excited, ears laid back, nostrils distended, and mouths open gasping for breath. The bodies are truthfully modeled without insistent detail to give a dynamic sense of rushing movement, enhanced by the rhythmic play of muscles and the backward flow of loose masses in the manes and tails.

Trio of Horses

A Long Day

“In Memory of the Work Horse” by Anna Hyatt Huntington at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.

A farmer wearing a coat and a cap pulled down tightly, walking on an incline beside a large bridled horse, is braced against a stiff wind. The man hangs onto a plow harness around the horse’s neck while his coat is blown up and over its back. The animal’s head is down, as man and horse both lean into the wind.

Long Day

Sancho Panza

“Sancho Panza” by C. Paul Jennewein at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.

Don Quixote’s bearded, paunchy companion, Sancho Panza, stands in a relaxed position, leaning against a patient donkey, his hat pushed back on his head. His left hand is on his hip, his right elbow rests upon a blanket covering the donkey’s back, and one foot is crossed nonchalantly over the other. Sancho gestures with his right hand, a typical expression of the character.

Old-timer

The End of the Trail

“The End of the Trail” by James Earle Fraser at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

A Native American man on horseback, wrapped in an animal skin; a lowered spear held loosely in the bend of his arm is bowed on the horse’s back. The horse shrinks before the wind, head hanging, mane and tail blown forward.

End of the Trail

Riders of the Dawn

“Riders of the Dawn” by Adolph Alexander Weinman at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet.

The horses plunge forward, half rearing, with forelegs doubled and heads tossing. One rider leans back to draw a bow while the other turns sidewise, blowing a conch. Beneath the horses is the rayed disc of the rising sun, with water curling in scrolls around it and rising beneath the horses in plumes of spray.

Taming Horses

Riders of the Dawn

Rider on a Galloping Horse