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The Roadtrain at the zoo has, regretfully, broken down. As a result there will be no service around the zoo for the remainder of the school half term holiday as a minimum. We sincerely apologise for any disappointment this may cause.

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Children (3-15 Years) £11.95 £10.85
Under 3's FREE FREE
Senior Citizen (65 Years+) £13.95 £12.65
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Milky Eagle Owl

Bubo lacteus

The milky, or Verraux’s, eagle owl is one of the largest of Africa’s 47 species of owl. They are easy to recognise by their characteristic pink eyelids. The function of the pink eyelids is unknown, but they are believe to have some signalling function.



Size Length - 60 – 65cm
Weight - Male 1.6 – 2kg, Female 2.4 – 3.1kg
Wingspan - 140cm



Milky eagle owls are able to live in a variety of habitats, from rainforests to dry grasslands.



In the evening these large and powerful owls go hunting, and are capable of taking prey as large as hares, but more usually hedgehogs, fruit bats, mice and snakes.



Milky eagle owls usually take over the abandoned nests of large hawks or eagles, sometimes forcibly, normally laying 2 eggs.



The milky eagle owl is not believed to be endangered as it has a large distribution and its population is stable.

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