Did You Know?
Snow Leopards have powerful legs and are tremendous leapers, able to jump as far as 50 feet!
Eagle owls look very much like their great horned cousins, but are much larger birds. They have prominent ear tufts that are usually not raised upright. Eagle owls have mottled brownish feathers, and a streaked breast. Like most owls and raptors, there are no color differences between the sexes. The eagle owl has very large eyes that are a vivid orange in color.
Eagle owls have a large repertoire of hoots, growls, chirps, clicks and beak-clacks they use to communicate moods and needs. Silent and deadly hunters, the eagle owl swoops down upon its prey from above. Owlets leave the nest before fledging and are called “branchers”. They climb around on tree branches until their wings are sufficiently feathered for flight.
3 eagle owls live here at PPZ, and our oldest male celebrated his 20th birthday this year! They will be getting a new exhibit built in 2010, so look for their new home soon!