Great Gray Owl
This animal is on exhibit in our Garden Aviary.
This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.
History at CuriOdyssey
Our great gray owl was donated to CuriOdyssey in October 2015. The owl was captive hatched at Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada.
Fun Facts about Great Grey Owls
These birds can detect prey up to two feet under snow. They will take over a nest previously used by other large birds.
What do Gray Owls eat?
Primarily small rodents such as voles and gophers; will also eat other mammals, birds, and carrion. At CuriOdyssey, they are served mice, rats, guinea pig, rabbit, chicken, and quail.
How long do Great Gray Owls live?
In the Wild: up to 15 years
In Captivity: up to 27 years has been recorded
Where do Great Gray Owls live?
Great Gray Owls prefer dense boreal and coniferous forests and woodlands. They can be 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.
Are Gray Owls endangered?
The great gray owl is listed as a species of "least concern" for wildlife conservation, 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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