Gracie

 

Bubo Lacteus
Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Milky Owl or Giant Eagle Owl.

We're unsure of how long Gracie has been here. We do know that she has seen at least six different head falconers and thousands of admirers. A true star of the show, she always gets a wow from a first time visitor and is always an absolute dream to handle, conducting herself with poise and grace to all that meet her. Which is probably why she's called Gracie.


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Domino
  Tyto Alba
Native Barn Owl

A true stalwart of the flying team, always willing and always majestic and silent in flight. A genuine crowd pleaser, which explains why Domino is the most adopted owl in the centre.


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Flapper
  Little Owl
Athene Noctua

Flapper is one of our secretive Little owls. Very often you can only see him sticking his head out of the corner of his nesting box, just keeping an eye on his neighbours. He is getting on in years and unfortunately is now too old to produce fertile eggs but him and Hedwig have been residing at the centre here for quite a long time. They will see out the rest of their time here as owls generally live over twice as long in captivity as they would in the wild.

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Ruby
  Red Fox
Vulpes Vulpes
Ruby was captive bred and born in Feb 2013. She was hand raised and reared in the house around children and dogs and is very tame. She will quite happily sit in her box and let anybody stroke her and on a nice hot day is normally found sunbathing on a haybale in her enclosure. We hope to harness train her this year so we can walk her round the centre for everyone to see up close.

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Twit
  Savigny’s Eagle Owl
Bubo Ascalaphus
T’wit is one of our lonely hearts who we are looking to find a partner for over this coming year. This particular species is quite rare in captivity, so it is proving difficult to find a suitable mate for her. We hope that once we find a male to pair her up with, she can become part of an important breeding programme to boost the captive population.

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Lula
  Tawny Owl
Strix Aluco
Lula has been a resident here for a few years. She started sharing her Aviary with Sid from across the Courtyard but they never really got on. So last year we decided to swap the males round in each of our Tawny owl aviaries and, as a result, this year she has laid 2 clutches of eggs, successfully hatching 1 from the first brood and 2 from the second.

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Rocko
  Laughing Kookaburra
Dacelo NovaeGuineae
Although Rocko has been resident at the Owl and Wildlife Centre for many years, he has recently taken on a role within our flying team. In his past , an attempt had been made to pair him with Alkina, our female kookaburra but unfortunately as he is an imprinted bird, he realises her to be a threat for his attention. They fought continuously, so the decision was made to split them up and try to train him into the flying team. He has come on exceptionally well and is an unusual species for guests to fly on our experience days.
 

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Kev
  Great Grey Owl
Strix Nebulosa
Kevin was hatched here some years ago, his parents being Will and Molly. He is a very popular member of our flying display team. For years he has just had a life of sitting about being picked up and stroked and never actually been trained to fly. So this year has been quite a challenge for him and trying to teach a bird to fly who has no idea how to, hasn’t been an easy task.

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Bonkers
  Common Kestrel
Falco Tinnunculus
Bonkers came to join us in early 2014 as a yearling after being found in someone’s garden shed. He had obviously been hand raised as was very tame and very noisy when people approached him. He unfortunately suffered a broken leg but has been nursed back to health and is now becoming a very entertaining member of our display team.

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