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Habitat

Tundra, marshes and coasts in the Arctic tundra of the northern areas of Alaska, Canada, and Eurasia.

Wild Diet

Mainly lemmings but also arctic hares, small rodents and certain birds.

Behaviour

Unlike other owls, the snowy owl rarely hunts during the hours of darkness; instead, it seeks its prey during the day, especially in the early morning and evening. The male is almost all white with just a few darker specks on his body. The female is larger, heavier and more heavily marked with dark bars on her upperparts, breast and belly.

Breeding

They lay 3-11, smooth, glossy white eggs during May in shallow scrapes in the ground or in rocks. The male feeds the hen, while she incubates the eggs for 32-33 days. The young are born with thin, white feathers but soon get a second coat of sooty, black feathers.

Threats

Hunting.

Conservation

Legal protection in some areas.

How do I adopt a snowy owl?

First choose the adoption package you wish to purchase, see below, and then make your animal selection.

Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes.

Adopt a cheetah

Adoption Pack - £30

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about your chosen animal
  • Your name on an adopters plaque displayed in the Zoo for 12 months
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of your chosen animal

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Adopt a gorilla

Junior Adoption Gift Box - £55

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A soft toy of your chosen animal
  • One junior entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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adopt a giraffe

Adult Adoption Gift Box - £60

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A Paignton Zoo mug
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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Adopt a rhino

Glass Adoption Gift Box - £75

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A glass rhino specially created by Teign Valley Glass
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packaged in a presentation box

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