When finding an ambassador animal sometimes it’s better to start fresh. Baby Animals can easily adjust to being in front of larger crowds. Ambassadors of Nature also knew we wanted an owl so the research began. What owl species do best as ambassadors? What species would the public like to see? What species will fit the best into our programming? After much thought and advice from others in the industry we settled on a Eurasian Eagle Owl, the largest species of owl.
After we had settled on a species we needed to find an owlet. We sought advice from a good friend who put us in touch with amazing facility who focuses on owl propagation. After many long phone conversations we felt like this was a facility we felt extremely comfortable supporting. We decided on a male and worked out the details. He had multiple owlets but only one male so we really lucked out! We received many updates on Baby Archimedes and enjoyed all the baby photos sent to us.
Then he was ready to fly, commercially that is. Preparations were made and plane tickets purchased and the next thing we knew we were on our way to Orlando to pick up our newest member of our family. Our copilot (my father) made the trip with us with helped with our stress. The stress was unwarranted because Archimedes arrived on schedule, happy and most importantly, healthy.
The first two months Archimedes lived in the house where he discovered the magic box of moving pictures. The television absolutely fascinated him. This made cleaning time easy. He enjoyed pouncing on toys and sitting on the couch. Through his time inside we were building his enclosure outside. Soon he began his transition, spending his days outdoors and nights inside.
The day finally came where he would spend his first night outdoors. We didn’t sleep and we’re not sure he did either. He was very comfortable outside but us shining the flashlight in his direction every hour probably kept him up. Although we felt bad about our intrusion into his night we were comforted by that fact he felt right at home. He loves it outside and can be seen either sitting in front of his fan watching the songbirds or playing with one of his many enrichment items.
We are so happy to have this handsome guy as a member of our Ambassadors of Nature family. Check out our Facebook for updates and pictures of Archimedes.