January 21, 2009
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas—On Thursday, January 22, at 4:15 p.m., the Texas State Aquarium will be releasing five rehabilitated barn owls back into the wild. These five barn owls were brought to the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) on October 23, 2008 by Texas Parks and Wildlife after their nest was destroyed. Director of the ARK Tony Amos raised the owls and then transferred them to the Aquarium on December 17 to start the conditioning process and make sure they could hunt for live food. After learning to fly on their own, they are ready to be released back into the wild.
The media is invited to join Tony Amos and the Texas State Aquarium in releasing these owls at the Hawk Watch platform in Hazel Bazemore County Park.
Who: Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Rehabilitation Program and ARK
What: Release of 5 rehabilitated barn owls
When: Thursday, January 22, 4:15 p.m.*
Where: Hazel Bazemore County Park
*Because barn owls are nocturnal, their release is in the late afternoon to allow them time to find shelter before night falls.
The mission of the Texas State Aquarium is to inspire appreciation and wise stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the
Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.