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The Louisville Zoo Snowy Owl Exhibit built by Calhoun Construction

snowy owl article

Known for their beautiful white plumage, the snowy owls
have moved into their new home signaling the completion of the
Zoo’s award-winning Glacier Run exhibit.
Native to the Arctic region, the snowy owl is a stunning and
mysterious looking animal. That could explain why it was chosen as a
iconic character in the Harry Potter novels. Its signature plumage, which
ranges from pure white for males to white with some darker specks
for females, serves as very effective camouflage in their frigid habitat.
The new exhibit was designed to
resemble a rustic outbuilding sitting
on the outskirts of an Arctic town
– in this case, Glacier Run. The
inside is equally themed having an
industrial feel with trusses running
down the center which serve as
perches for the birds.
The Zoo’s snowy owl exhibit will
showcase both a male that came
from the Netherlands and a female
from the Minnesota Zoo. Because
snowy owl populations are on
the decline, the Zoo’s exhibit was
designed deliberately to support a breeding program and help contribute
to North America’s snowy owl population. According to Gary Michael,
curator of birds at the Zoo, Europe has had more luck breeding these
beautiful birds; researchers believe this is due to the region’s cooler
climate and better air quality. The interior temperature of our exhibit will
reside at a cool 55 degrees with a climate-controlled system and a high
quality air filtration system that will help keep the air purified. The hope
is that these special accommodations will encourage breeding.