ZIWA – Verreaux Eagle Owl (Bubo lacteus)
Ziwa arrived in our care as a juvenille, who had been raised for the first year of her life in a loving household where she thought she was part of the famil. Unfortunately this has led to her imprinting on humans, meaning she thinks she is a person, loves people and is reluctant to hunt. She is therefore unsuitable for release to the wild. In 2010 she was lucky to be paired with a male who came in to the center with a shattered wing. The two took to each other immediately and are now a breeding pair.
Each year since 2012 they successfully raise a single chick, and at six months of age the chick is separated and trained to hunt and ultimately returned to the wild. Ziwa is a compassionate mother and a devoted partner. Your adoption will help finance her upkeep, food and medications where necessary.
MILIMA – Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus)
Milima is a female Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus). She arrived at the Centre in June 2013 with a shattered left wing having collided with an overhead power cable. We operated on her, placing an intramedullary pin into her wing which stabilized the fracture and allowed it to heal. During her months in rehab, she became rather friendly with a male Spotted Eagle Owl (Macho) who was hit by a vehicle shattering his leg and resulted in him also loosing his left eye. Her unconditional support and love for this patient was something we have never experienced before.
She will not leave her soul mate Macho and the two become terribly miserable when separated. So they remain housed together, where they enjoy each others company sunbathing and often seen grooming one another. The two now have a vital role at the Centre acting as surrogate parents. They just love kids! Each year the two breed and raise their young, who we then release back to the wild following some training. Milima is a one of a kind mum and a very special bird. Thank you for supporting her.
MACHO – Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus)
Macho is a Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus). He arrived at the Centre in June 2013 following collision with a vehicle shattering his leg and resulted in him also loosing his left eye. During his time in rehab he bonded with a female Spotted Eagle Owl (Milima). Her unconditional support and love for him was something we have never experienced before.
Although fit enough to be released back to the wild, Milima will not leave her soul mate Macho and the two become terribly miserable when separated. So they remain housed together, where they enjoy each others company sunbathing and often seen grooming one another. The two now have a vital role at the Centre acting as surrogate parents to not only orphaned Spotted Eagle Owls, but any orphaned raptor. They just love kids! Each year the two breed and raise their young, who we then release back to the wild following some training.
FRISKY – Southern White Faced Scops Owl (Ptilopsis granti)
Frisky was rescued after he was catapulted out of a tree by youths in Kilifi. His right wing was fractured. He has since undergone corrective surgery and he is now in rehab. We are hopeful he will make a full recovery and begin training for a wild release.
SHAGGY – African Wood Owl (Strix woodfordii)
Attacked by a domestic cat he was lucky to survive his ordeal… 42 stitches later and loss of vision in one eye, he was certainly lucky to be alive. With one eye he cannot hunt in the wild so remains at the Centre as an education bird and ambassador for his species.
MACK – Mackinders Eagle Owl (Bubo capensis mackinderi)
Mack collided with a power line in Timau, resulting in severe burns to her right wing and an iris lesion to her right eye. The burns were severe causing all the soft tissue structures to die so we were forced to amputate her wing in order to save her. Today Mack has a special role as a surrogate parent and as an education bird.
PVC – Verreaux Eagle Owl (Bubo lacteus)
PVC collided with a power line in Vipingo and badly burnt her wing. She was doing so well and we were hopeful we would save her wing, however despite the pain meds it became too much for her and one night she partly self amputated her wing so we were forced to remove it entirely. She now remains a captive breeder and surrogate parent at the Centre.
SHAKA – Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
He collided with a power line, which resulted in a complicated wing fracture, and minor burs. He has fully recovered from the burns, and his fracture stabilised. Although we were able to save his wing, it is not good enough to enable Shaka to fly proficiently. He is a valuable education bird for the Centre.
KALI – Verreaux Eagle Owl (Bubo lacteus)
KALI was a victim of witchcraft in Kilifi. She had been grossly miss treated. Tied up, beaten and tormented. Her left wing was so badly broken it was beyond repair. She has recovered from her traumas, although will never fly again. She is a delightful bird and is valuable surrogate parent at our Centre.