In 2012 we were joined by Darwin the baby tawny owl. He is cared for by the Education Team in the Zoo and loves to meet visitors. Darwin is now in his own aviary and during the Summer he spends most of his time with his handlers or taking part in lessons.
Tawny owls are resident to Britain, and are responsible for the distinctive twit-twoo noise people associate with owls. It is the females who make the twit noises, while the males reply with twoo.
Although to some people it may look like a rather boring brown bird, Meller’s duck is one of the world’s rarest and least known species of wildfowl. It is one of three duck species that only occur naturally in Madagascar. A recent survey revealed this shy and retiring duck to have a small and rapidly declining population, because of hunting and habitat loss. Its most striking feature is the patch of dark green, bordered with white, on the wing In flight, the pale underside of the wing can be seen, which contrasts with the dark body.