In our collection
We have three snowy owls at the park. We have a female called Hedwig, she was born in May 1997 and our male Heinrich was born in June 2003 and came to us from Camperdown Wildlife Park in Dundee. We also have a one year old female that was born at the Park in 2016.
Where to see them
The snowy owls can be seen in the walk round area on the path up to the polar bear viewing point.
Threats and Conservation
The size and remoteness of the snowy owl’s habitat make it difficult to accurately assess their population size. However, they are not currently considered globally threatened. Some individuals have been lost due to collisions with vehicles, powerlines and aircraft, others as a result of persecution and hunting. The species is harvested by native northern people for food, feathers and claws, but it is believed to have only a local impact. The potential effects of global climate change on the snowy owl and its Arctic habitats are not yet known.
The snowy owl is legally protected from shooting and trapping and in Europe it is protected under the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) and the EC Birds Directive. Policies being put in place to protect large bird species from electrocution on powerlines and from airplane strikes should also benefit this magnificent and distinctive Arctic bird.