Eurasian Eagle Owl
In our collection:
We currently have two males in our collection.
Where to see them
Our Eurasian eagle owls can be seen in the enclosure between the northern lynx and the snow leopards.
Threats and Conservation
During the 20th century the Eurasian eagle-owl underwent a significant decline in Europe due mainly to human persecution. However pesticide use, collisions with vehicles, barbed wire and powerlines have all played a part. Diseases such as myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease which have severely reduced rabbit populations in some areas, have also had knock-on effects for the Eurasian eagle-owl.
In recent years their populations have started to recover to some extent as a result of improved protection, extensive reintroduction and restocking programmes, and the species is not currently thought to be globally threatened, although illegal persecution still occurs, and the population remains below previous levels.
Within Europe, the Eurasian eagle-owl is protected under the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) and the EC Birds Directive, and international trade in the species should be controlled under its listing on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).