Steve Backshall takes on Tulsa the Harris hawk

Television presenter and fearless adventurer Steve Backshall has swooped down to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for his first flying session with spectacular Harris hawk, Tulsa.

Steve, star of CBBC’s popular Deadly series, put the 12-year-old bird through his paces ahead of the special Deadly Aerial Assassins shows, which will be hosted at the Zoo for the first time from Saturday 3 – Monday 5 May.

Tulsa, who stands about a foot tall,  glided and dived for Steve in practise for their live performances. Steve also said hello to his other co-stars: Apache the bald eagle and Lanner falcon Lenny. 

"People engage with the things they can get right up close with," says Steve. "Here in the Deadly Aerial Assassins shows you can do just that with these incredible birds of prey. There is no better way to inspire people about wildlife.

"The people that learn to love wildlife are the very same people who are going to want to protect and preserve it, and for me it's incredibly important to do shows like these to achieve that."

Steve Backshall  with Harris Hawk for deadly aerial assassins

The weekend’s performances will launch a summer of Deadly activities at the Zoo, where mini-adventurers will be able to take part in the Deadly Explorer Trail and embark on a Deadly expedition filled with exciting challenges.

Deadly Aerial Assassins will be an exhilarating display of some of the world’s most incredible birds including hawks, eagles and owls, and will take place four times daily over the long bank holiday weekend.

Tickets for the shows are included in the entry cost for ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, but must be confirmed in advance - places are limited so visit save your spot now! 

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