Facts about this animal
Their breeding territory directly corresponds with the distribution of small rodents (especially lemming).
Did you know?
that the eyes of owls do not move in their sockets? To look to the side or to follow a moving object, the bird must turn its head.
|Name (Scientific)||Bubo scandiaca|
|Name (English)||Snowy owl|
|Name (French)||Chouette harfang|
|Name (Spanish)||Buho nival|
|Local names||Finnish: Tunturipöllö
|CITES Status||Appendix II|
|CMS Status||Not listed|
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|Range||Snowy Owls breed on the arctic tundra of both Eurasia and North America. In winter it usually migrates south to warmer places.|
|Habitat||In general the Snowy Owl inhabits areas of low sparse vegetation: arctic tundra, open grasslands, prairies, marshes, open fields, and shorelines|
|Wild population||It has a large global population estimated to be 290,000 individuals. Global population trends have not been quantified, but populations appear to be stable. (IUCN)|
|Zoo population||This species is often keep in zoos and breeds with success in captivity.|
In the Zoo
How this animal should be transported
Owls travel best in completely dark boxes. Boxes should be slightly longer than the head to tail length of the bird intended to travel, and wide and high enough for the bird to be able to stand or lie down in comfort without banging its shoulders or head. A well made wooden box with no perches is required, with carpet or some other non slip surface fixed on the floor and a padded ceiling, with air-holes on either side. The easiest type of door to use is an upward sliding door at one end. The door can then be slid up a small amount; the bird visualised before being grasped by the legs, carefully, through the small opening before sliding the door fully open for removal. A handle fixed to the top of the box makes carrying easier.
For air transport, Container Note 20 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.
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Why do zoos keep this animal
The reason for keeping snowy owls in zoos is primarily educational as they are the only owl species adapted to arctic conditions. Snowy owls can also be associated with polar foxes for multispecies exhibits displaying the tundra, but ideally part of the exhibit should not be accessible to the foxes.