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  1. Great Argus

    Great Argus Well-Known Member 5+ year member

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    What does a bored zoo nerd do on a stormy afternoon? He sits down and compiles another species holder list to keep updated. :p

    Owls are finally here, and actually not very many species around in numbers. But I'm sure Barn, Great Horned, Eastern Screech, and Barred Owls will quickly shoot pretty high with additional adds and corrections.

    Information used goes back to 2018, since larger owls are fairly long-lived and the general dearth of information for 2020.
     
  2. Great Argus

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    Tytonidae

    Tyto

    Barn Owl (41-44 holders)

    Akron?
    ASDM
    Beardsley
    Bergen County
    CALM
    Canadian Raptor Conservancy
    Carolina Raptor Center
    Cascades Raptor Center
    Catoctin
    Chehaw
    Cheyenne Mountain
    Cleveland Museum of NH
    Columbian Park
    Cosley
    Edmonton Valley
    Elmwood Park
    Folsom
    Franklin Park
    Honolulu?
    Howell Nature Center
    Keystone Safari
    Living Treasures
    Livingston Ripley
    Maine Wildlife Park
    Milwaukee?
    Nashville
    Oklahoma City
    Orange County
    Philadelphia
    Pittsburgh
    Point Defiance
    Reptile Gardens
    Roer’s Zoofari
    San Francisco
    Saskatoon Forestry Park & Zoo
    Save Our Seabirds
    The Living Desert
    Toledo (European?)
    Turtle Bay Exploration Park
    Western North Carolina Nature Center
    Willowbrook Wildlife Center
    Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
    World Bird Sanctuary (European?)
    ZooAmerica


    Philodus

    Oriental Bay Owl

    Audubon?
     
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  3. ParathePineapple

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    Off the bat for this I know Cincinnati has eurasian eagle owl, Omaha has burrowing owl, and that Louisville and Lincoln Park has snowy owl.
     
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    Great Argus Well-Known Member 5+ year member

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    Strigidae

    Megascops

    Western Screech-Owl (5-7 holders)

    ASDM
    CALM
    Cascades Raptor Center
    Racine?
    The Living Desert
    World Center for Birds of Prey
    Zoo Boise?

    Eastern Screech-Owl (31 holders)

    3 Palms
    Akron
    Anita Purves Nature Center
    Audubon Sharon
    Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
    Bear Mountain State Park
    Bergen County
    Canadian Raptor Conservancy
    Carolina Raptor Center
    Cincinnati
    Cosley
    Discovery Place Nature
    Great Plains
    Great Plains Nature Center
    Houston
    Jenkinson’s Aquarium
    Lee Simmons
    Leesburg Animal Park
    Living Treasures
    Louisville
    Oklahoma City
    Omaha
    Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science
    Sandoway Discovery Center
    Scovill
    St. Louis
    The Zoo in Forest Park
    Upper Schuylkill Valley Park
    Wildwood
    Willobrook Wildlife Center
    Zoo Tampa


    Ptilopsis

    Southern White-faced Owl (3 holders)

    Bronx
    Metro Richmond
    Sacramento


    Pulsatrix

    Spectacled Owl (19 holders)

    African Lion Safari
    Brights
    Canadian Wildlife Park
    Carolina Raptor Center
    DAK
    DWA
    Edmonton Valley
    Fort Worth
    LA
    Lake Superior
    Metro Richmond
    Safari North Wildlife Park
    San Francisco
    St. Louis
    Tanganyika Wildlife Park
    Toronto
    Tulsa
    Woodland Park
    World Bird Sanctuary


    Bubo

    Great Horned Owl (59-60 holders)

    ABQ Biopark
    African Lion Safari
    Alaska
    Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
    Animal Adventures
    Aquarium of Quebec
    ASDM
    Audubon Sharon
    Austin
    Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
    Bear Creek Pioneers Park
    Bear Mountain State Park
    Beardsley
    Binder Park
    Bronx
    CALM
    Canadian Raptor Conservancy
    Cape May
    Carolina Raptor Center
    Cascades Raptor Center
    Catoctin
    Claws & Paws
    Cleveland Museum of NH
    Cohanzick
    Cosley
    Dallas
    Hemker
    High Desert Museum
    Indian Creek
    Irvine Park & Zoo
    Jack R. Facente Serpentarium
    Lake Superior
    Lee Simmons
    Leesburg Animal Park
    Living Treasures Laurel Highlands
    Maine Wildlife Park
    MacKenzie Center
    Manitowoc Lincoln Park
    McCarthy Wildlife Center
    Minnesota
    Navajo Nation
    Ochsner Park
    Oklahoma City
    Phillips Park
    Pine Grove
    Sacramento
    Salmonier Nature Park?
    Santa Barbara
    Saskatoon Forestry Park & Zoo
    Seaside Seabird Sanctuary
    Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
    St. Louis
    Staten Island
    The Living Desert
    Toronto
    Turtle Back
    Upper Schuylkill Valley Park
    Western North Carolina Nature Center
    Wildwood
    Zollman

    Eurasian Eagle Owl (31 holders)

    African Lion Safari
    Animal Adventure Park
    Aquarium of Quebec
    Boulder Ridge
    Brights
    Bronx
    Canadian Raptor Conservancy
    Cape May
    Cascades Raptor Center
    Central Park
    Cincinnati
    Claws & Paws
    Edmonton Valley
    Gulf Breeze
    Jacksonville
    LA
    Lake Superior
    Luray
    Milwaukee
    Natural Bridge
    Omaha
    Riverbanks
    Rosamond Gifford
    Roscommon
    Safari North Wildlife Park
    San Diego
    San Francisco
    The Wild Animal Park
    Toronto
    Virginia Safari Park
    World Bird Sanctuary

    Pharaoh Eagle Owl

    Woodland Park

    Verreaux’s Eagle Owl (Milky Eagle Owl) (8-9 holders)

    African Lion Safari
    Cincinnati
    Dallas?
    DAK
    Fort Worth
    Oregon
    San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    World Center for Birds of Prey
    Zoo Atlanta

    Snowy Owl (30-31 holders)

    African Lion Safari
    Alaska
    Assiniboine Park
    Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
    Bergen County
    Big Bear Alpine
    Bronx
    Brookfield
    Canadian Raptor Conservancy
    Cascades Raptor Center
    Howell Nature Center
    Indian Creek
    John Ball
    Lehigh Valley
    Lincoln Park
    Louisville
    Maryland
    NEW
    Ochsner Park
    Rockton
    Roger Williams Park
    Salmonier Nature Park?
    Seneca Park
    Staten Island
    The Zoo in Forest Park
    Toledo
    Toronto
    Tulsa
    Woodland Park
    Zollman
    ZooAmerica


    Glaucidium

    Northern Pygmy-Owl (1 holder)

    Point Defiance


    Micrathene

    Elf Owl (1 holder)

    ASDM?


    Athene

    Burrowing Owl (38 holders)

    ABQ Biopark
    ASDM
    Assiniboine Park
    Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
    Brandywine
    Bronx
    CALM
    Calgary
    Cascades Raptor Center
    Charles Paddock
    DWA
    Edmonton Valley
    Elmwood Park
    High Desert Museum
    Houston
    Lake Superior
    Living Coast Discovery Center
    Knoxville
    Memphis
    National?
    National Aviary
    NEW
    North Carolina
    Oklahoma City
    Omaha
    Phoenix
    Queens
    Sacramento
    Salisbury
    San Antonio
    San Diego
    San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    San Francisco
    Saskatoon Forestry Park & Zoo
    St. Louis
    The Living Desert
    ZooAmerica
    Zoo Miami


    Ciccaba

    Chaco Owl

    African Lion Safari
    Carolina Raptor Center


    Strix

    Spotted Owl (4 holders)

    Mountain View Conservation & Breeding Center
    Northwest Trek
    Sequoia Park
    Wildlife Center of NM

    Barred Owl (51 holders)

    Animal Adventures
    Aquarium of the Americas
    Audubon Sharon
    Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
    Bear Creek Pioneer’s Park
    Bear Mountain State Park
    Beardsley
    Binder Park
    Calgary
    Cape May
    Carolina Raptor Center
    Cascades Raptor Center
    Catoctin
    Cincinnati
    Cleveland Museum of NH
    Edmonton Valley
    Elmwood Park
    High Desert Museum
    Howell Nature Center
    Indian Creek
    Irvine Park & Zoo
    Jack R. Facente Serpentarium
    Lee Simmons
    Lehigh Valley
    Long Island Aquarium
    Luray
    MacKensie Center
    Maine Wildlife Park
    McCarthy Wildlife Sanctuary
    National Aviary
    North Carolina
    Ochsner Park
    Plumpton Park
    Popcorn Park
    Rosamond Gifford
    Saginaw Children’s Zoo
    Santa Fe Teaching Zoo
    Save Our Seabirds
    Shedd Aquarium
    Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
    The Zoo in Forest Park
    Toronto
    Tracy Aviary
    Turtle Bay Exploration Park
    Upper Schuylkill Valley Park
    Westwood Hills Nature Center
    Willowbrook Wildlife Center
    World Bird Sanctuary
    Zollman
    ZooAmerica
    Zoo Tampa

    Tawny Owl (3 holders)

    African Lion Safari
    Hawk Creek Wildlife Center
    World Bird Sanctuary

    Ural Owl (2 holders)

    African Lion Safari
    World Bird Sanctuary

    Great Gray Owl (4 holders)

    Alaska
    Calgary
    Canadian Raptor Conservancy
    Woodland Park


    Asio

    Long-eared Owl (2 holders)

    Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
    ZooAmerica

    Short-eared Owl (1 holder)

    Lee Simmons


    Aegolius

    Northern Saw-whet Owl (5 holders)

    Audubon Sharon
    Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
    Cascades Raptor Center
    Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
    World Bird Sanctuary


    Ninox

    Boobook sp

    African Lion Safari
     
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  5. Great Argus

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    Jumping ahead of things there, three of those four were already on my list. ;)
     
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    Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo held the Hawaiian subspecies of this when I visited in 2017.

    Neither of these species were on-exhibit when I visited earlier this year.
     
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    I think it's now gone.

    The Spotted Owl at Northwest Trek is apparently a education animal, @Ituri mentioned it at one point not too long ago.

    Good to know on the Pygmy-owl, there is a photo from 2019, but they typically don't live particularly long so it has probably passed then.
     
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    Only 3 ??? How different from Europe ! ZTL lists 33 collections keeping this species and for the Northern White-faced owl - apperently not kept at all in North America ? - even 66 European collections are keeping it !
     
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    Yeah the population is pretty low. I think we only have 7 birds if I recall correctly from awhile ago, most of which are related and only 1 or 2 females. Chances are good they'll disappear by next decade unless someone imports them.
     
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    Eurasian Eagle Owl & Snowy Owl at Minnesota Zoo.
    Barred Owl & Snowy Owl at Dodge Nature Center.
    I didn’t know they were the only holder! Are these at all common to find in the wild?
     
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    Assuming these are educational animals or for the bird show, right?
     
  12. birdsandbats

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    I don't think Milwaukee or Toledo keep Barn Owl anymore.

    Gabbert Raptor Center keeps Barn Owl.

    Yes, World Bird Sanctuary keeps the British subspecies of Barn Owl.

    Yes, Racine keeps Western Screech-Owl.

    Gabbert Raptor Center keeps Eastern Screech-Owl.

    Wildwood Wildlife Park (not related to Wildwood Zoo) keeps Great Horned Owl.

    Gabbert Raptor Center keeps Great Horned Owl.

    Minnesota probably still keeps Eurasian Eagle-Owl.

    Ochsner Park no longer has Snowy Owl.

    Gabbert Raptor Center keeps Barred Owl.

    Wildwood Wildlife Park keeps Barred Owl.

    Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary keeps Short-eared Owl.

    Gabbert Raptor Center keeps Northern Saw-whet Owl.
     
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  13. Dhole dude

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    Minnesota still has one Eurasian Eagle Owl as a program animal. Gabbert’s Raptor Center also had a Boreal Owl in 2017.
     
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    Toronto no longer has snowy owls. Crystal was transferred out sometime in 2020, maybe 2019. No one is really sure on the date. As for the barred owl, Charlotte, I'm not sure. She is an outreach animal and I'm not sure she's been seen in a very long time. Could still be there but also might not. That one might be a question mark beside Toronto. Likewise Toronto may or may not have a barn owl. Terry arrived a couple of years back, was on display then moved to the kids zoo or outreach. I haven't heard one way or another if he's still alive. He wasn't too old they figured (rescue) so unless he got sick or something in theory he's still around.
     
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    Boreal Owl is no longer listed on their website.
     
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    A couple of Kansas entries for you:

    DAVID TRAYLOR ZOO (Emporia, KS)
    Barred Owl
    Great Horned Owl

    HUTCHINSON ZOO (Hutchinson, KS)
    Barred Owl
    Great Horned Owl
    Burrowing Owl
     
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    Roger Williams Park Zoo- Barn Owl
    Animal Adventures Family Zoo- Great-horned and Eastern Screech Owls
     
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    @EsserWarrior Didn't you mention an import of this species?
     
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    I did. I don't think the person ever ended up doing it though. They fell off the face of the Earth... at least with their online presense. They were going to import a breeding pair from European holders and attempt to breed them. I was scheduled to receive one of the offspring, but I do not think that it is going to happen.
     
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    Overall owl-diversity ( less then 25 species ) seems to be very low in North America, are owls so unpopulair overthere ? In Europe there are even special owl-collections and others with a heavy focus on owls ( Uilen en dierenpark ( = owl and animalpark ) de Paay and Vogelpark Timmendorfer Strand ( had back in the 1980s about 60 owl species and subspecies ! ) spring in mind. Aren't there any specialist-collections in the US or Canada ? And in private collections, are there at least some more species and / or holders ?