Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl Megascops asio Order: Strigiformes Family: Tytonidae Overview While many facilities recommend screech owls as an “easy” or “beginner” owl, it is important to be extra vigilant with these small species that are more easily, albeit unintentionally, dominated. Despite their diminutive size and apparent ease of handling, in order to provide good welfare,…

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus Order: Strigiformes Family: Strigidae Overview Although often readily available through wildlife rehabilitation sources, previously wild, adult great horned owls can be challenging to manage while maintaining good welfare, even for the most experienced handlers. To maximize lifelong welfare of an owl that is going to participate in ambassador animal programs,…

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.

Dumeril’s Ground Boa

Acrantophis dumerili Order: Squamata Family: Boidae Natural History Information Range and Habitat Dumeril’s ground boas are found in the dry forests in southwest Madagascar. It has also been found living in very degraded habitats, often close to villages. Longevity Dumeril’s ground boas live approximately 20 to 30 years. Ecosystem Role They are important for population…

Prehensile-tailed Porcupine

Coendou prehensilis Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Provide ample space for climbing with lots of climbing structures/perching. Although the animal seems to be inactive and sleeping during the day and may lead to the assumption that they are not active, they are more active at night so provide an enclosure and enrichment to satisfy…

North American Porcupine

Erethizon dorsatum Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Cheyenne Mountain Zoo NA porcupine exhibit with American kestrel Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CMZ) has had great success with two porcupines exhibited together. We had a 2 year old and introduced a 10 month old. We did not know their gender until a few months after the intros and…

Mexican Dwarf Hairy Porcupine

Sphiggurus mexicanus Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Zupreem Primate, sweet potatoes, carrots. In the wild, these porcupines prefers fruits and seeds, but they also eat leaves and buds. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management   Individual Identification   Programmatic Information Transportation Temperature Guidelines   Crating: Tips…

Cape Porcupine

Hystrix africaeustralis Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Very good diggers; need concrete or chain link under dirt to allow digging behavior but prevent escape. Live in burrows; need a nestbox or cave. Expect chewing on any chewable surfaces. Food and water bowls should be metal or concrete. Branches or small logs for chewing are…