The bird was born wild and injured when it was caught in a fishing line on the coast of Washington in early 1985. He was brought to Birmingham for treatment and rehabilitation and later went on exhibit at the zoo's Predators Building, settling into the Alabama Wilds area of the zoo when it opened in 2005. He shared his enclosure with a female eagle named Camilla.
Gonzo reached 7 pounds and stood two and a half feet tall. As is typical for the species, he was a good bit smaller than his female companion. The pair had nine offspring, five of which have been released into the wild.
- Rodriguez, Ana (January 21, 2015) "Birmingham Zoo mourns death of second American bald eagle, Gonzo." The Birmingham News