Western Burrowing Owl
ATHENE CUNICULARIA HYPUGAEA
The Brandywine Zoo has two Western Burrowing Owls. Our female Dori, was hatched at the Sacramento Zoo on April 7, 2010. She came to use from the Sedgwick Zoo on April 3, 2013. Dori has a metal band on her left leg. Our male, Gimli, was hatched on May 6, 2017 at the Knoxville Zoo and was acquired on November 11, 2019.
THREATS & CONSERVATION
While officially listed as Least Concern, Burrowing Owls are Endangered in Canada and Threatened in Mexico. They are considered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be a Bird of Conservation Concern nationally. They are Endangered in Minnesota, Threatened in Colorado, and a Species of Concern in AZ, CA, FL, MN, OK, OR, UT, WA, and WY.