Great Gray Owl
This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.
This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats.
It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.
Our great gray owl was donated to CuriOdyssey in September 2015.
These birds can detect prey up to two feet under snow. They will take over a nest previously used by other large birds.
The owl was hatched at Calgary Zoo in 2015.
Diet in the Wild
Primarily small rodents such as voles and gophers; will also eat other mammals, birds, and carrion
Diet at the Museum
Mice, rats, guinea pig, rabbit, chicken, quail
In the Wild: up to 15 years
In Captivity: up to 27 years has been recorded
Prefers dense boreal and coniferous forests and woodlands
Found in central Alaska and throughout most of Canada, extending into the northern Rockies; there is also a small population in Yosemite; also found in Asia and Europe
The great gray owl is listed as a species of Least Concern, although the Yosemite population is listed as Endangered under the CA Endangered Species Act. The bird is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The biggest threat is habitat destruction, namely deforestation and timber harvesting.
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