Three snowy owlets have hatched at the Akron Zoo. The owlets hatched on July 1, 3 and 6 and are doing well under the care of their parents, the zoo’s snowy owl pair, Frost and Cirrus.
The trio and their parents are currently living in the private bedrooms in the zoo’s Garden View Place building. The genders of the owlets are unknown at this time, and zoo staff are hands off.
Snowy owls are listed as vulnerable to extinction by IUCN Red List. The Akron Zoo participates in the Snowy Owl Species Survival Plan (SSP), a breeding plan that works to ensure genetic diversity in species across zoos that are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, like the Akron Zoo.
“We’re really excited to welcome three snowy owlets,” said Doug Piekarz, president & CEO at the Akron Zoo. “Cirrus and Frost are doing an incredible job caring for the owlets. These hatchings are a major celebration for the future of snowy owls and increasing their populations. I am proud of my staff for helping to create a welcoming environment for Frost and Cirrus to expand their family.”
The snowy owl family will remain in a private habitat for now. The zoo plans to share updates on its social media.