Zoo encourages residents to give a hoot about owls

Nov. 3, 2010 at 6:03 a.m.
Updated Nov. 4, 2010 at 6:04 a.m.

Texas Zoo officials promise Thursday night's Owl Prowl will be a hoot.

The zoo will host its educational Owl Prowl event for members of the Texas Zoo.

"This event is an opportunity to interact with owls as close as anyone could. There's nothing like it anywhere else," said Karalyn Jones, education curator for the Texas Zoo. "Not only will guests get to see live owls up close and personal, they'll have opportunities to touch owl wings, talons, and feathers."

Jones said the zoo resurrected Owl Prowl after a three-year hiatus.

During the event, which is an extension of the zoo's Saturday morning educational zoo-wise program, attendees will learn about owl anatomy and folklore, learn and practice owl calls in the park after dark and even dissect owl pellets, which are the mass of regurgitated undigested parts of a bird's food.

"You can dissect it and see what they had for lunch," said Jones.

Animal enthusiast Judie Farnsworth will lead the owl discussion.

The zoo's own five owls will also be on display for attendees, including Beaker the screech owl.

"Owls are special because they are timeless. They have been a part of our folklore for generations. It takes something like this so they don't seem so far off and mysterious," said Jones. "Owls are not some scary middle of the night creature, they are something to get excited about."



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