Tim from EARTH is the primary keeper for the owls

We are happy to report that we now have a pair of Eagle Owls and are really excited.  They are really amazing and beautiful animals.  They are currently getting acclimated to their new home.  They are a little leary of us right now, but we can’t help but be in awe of their beauty and power. We have a male and female. Eagle Owls are one of the largest owls in the world and are native to most of Europe, Russia, and parts of Asia. Eagle owls live in a various habitats where good… food supply and nesting choices are plentiful! They eat a variety of prey from insects up to fox or fawns! Females are about 1/3 larger than the males and can weigh over 10 lbs! Males average at about 7lbs. Their wingspan can be over 5 feet in length! Did you know owls have enough power in their feet to burst a tennis ball? Did you know that owls do not have teeth and eat their prey whole with only their sharp beak to tear up prey? Did you know that owls can’t digest the bones and other hard materials and they regurgitate those materials in the form of an owl pellet?

Zookeepers Report

Wow!  We sure were busy this summer and the animals are doing great adjusting to the winter months.  The Big Cats enjoy the brisk weather and the falling leaves.  We’ve had a few babies born recently. We’ve had to hand raise an African Crested Porcupine that was born on Sept 8th and twin Patagonian Cavies born Oct. 14th. We weren’t sure if the Cavies were going to make it, but under the steadfast dedication of Rowland Gravel and the Southwick’s Zoo & Earth Discovery Center’s team, they are now thriving! We’d like to thank the volunteers from Uxbridge School District for helping rake and make animal enrichment activites! Pictures: African Crested Porcupine, with children’s author Valarie Giogas, and a baby Patagonian Cavy.

Zookeeper’s Report

Animal Awareness Day on August 1st was a wonderful Day!  Thanks to EARTH Discovery Center for sponsoring a great event!  Here are some pictures we took of the day!  Visit www.earthltd.org to become member.