Category Archives: Raptor

Spectacled Owl

Spectacled Owl Pulsatrix perspicillata Order: Strigiformes Family: Strigidae Overview Raised correctly, spectacled owls are reported to make excellent glove birds for educational programming. To maximize lifelong welfare of an owl that is going to participate in ambassador animal programs, and as such be exposed to close contact with humans and a variety of stimuli that could otherwise be intimidating or

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Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura Order: Accipitriformes Family: Cathartidae Overview With regard to their availability and suitability as ambassador animals: Turkey vultures can be acquired from rehab and rescue centers. With good training, this species can be reliable in both flighted and non-flighted situations. Turkey vultures are a little more sensitive to large crowds and chaos than some other species. With good desensitization

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Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis Order: Accipitriformes Family: Accipitridae Overview With regard to their availability and suitability as ambassador animals: Red-tails can be acquired from rehab and rescue centers. Parent reared birds can be reliable in both flighted and non-flighted situations. With good desensitization, these birds are good around large crowds of people. They are also calm in large auditoriums, classrooms, and conference

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Winter 2017

Download Winter 2017-18 (01-02-2018) This issue includes: News from the Ambassador Animal SAG Trending Topics in Ambassador Animals: Introduction Imprinted vs. Parent Reared Owls Participating in Programs – Perspectives from Four Facilities Ambassadors in Action: Enriching Ambassador Animals Development of an Invertebrate Program at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Species Spotlight: Tawny Frogmouth

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Winter 2016

Download Winter 2016 Volume 1, Issue 2 (12-21-2016) News from the Ambassador Animal SAG Ambassadors in Action: Dolly’s Story (California Condor) Species Spotlight: Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Techniques in Raising and Training Eurasian Lynx for Animal Ambassador Programming at Brookfield Zoo Research Corner: Temperature and Transport: Welfare Implications for Ambassador Ectotherms

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Summer 2016

Download Volume 1, Issue 3: Summer 2016 (8/16/2016) News from The Ambassador Animal SAG Strategic Framework Initiative Updates Species Spotlight: Red Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Ambassadors in Action: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) ambassadors Research Corner: Assessing Welfare in Ambassador Animals: A Collaborative Effort

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