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…

Black Vulture

Black vultures can be great ambassadors in the hands of the right trainer.

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…

Barred Owl

Barred owls can be great ambassadors when started in a training program at a young age and exposed to a wide variety of stimuli.

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…

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

Summer 2017: Volume 3, Issue 2

Download Summer 2017 (06-13-2017) News from the Ambassador Animal SAG AASAG Mid-year Meeting Ambassadors in Action: Tracy Aviary’s Andean Condor Ambassador Research Corner: Guest Experiences at Touch Tanks Species Spotlight: Aquatic Touch Tanks Show and Tail: Choosy but not Picky – Degus as Ambassador Animals

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

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