Screech Owl Update: The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department announces that the search for the missing Bear Hollow Zoo screech owl has ended. The raptor has been missing since the Zoo was vandalized on Saturday, July 23.
After a week and a half of searching, Zoo staff determined that the screech owl has likely become prey for another animal or possibly taken by the vandals who damaged the Zoo.
Staff worked tirelessly and followed up on dozens of leads to no avail. A variety of methods were used in attempts to locate the owl including search parties, visiting possible locations late at night, setting up traps, leaving food in the enclosure, and playing screech owl sounds.
Thank you to the community and the ACC Police Department for their help and concern.
About the Zoo Bear Hollow Zoo is home to a variety of non-releasable wildlife residents. These animals have encountered a challenge that they could not overcome, either physical or behavioral, and have been placed here to live out their lives serving as ambassadors for their species. They are here to educate our visitors about the wonderful wildlife with which we share space.
Bear Hollow Zoo and Memorial Park are facilities of the ACC Leisure Services Department. Memorial Park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to sunset on weekends and holidays. Bear Hollow Zoo is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
Bear Hollow Zoo is a popular place for families to come and see Georgia’s native wildlife. Saturdays (and some Sundays) from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Reptile House (located in the center of the zoo) is open to the public, featuring reptile and amphibian exhibits.
The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department now has online registration for programs for adults and children. All programs are open to Athens-Clarke County residents and non county residents.
Fall 2016 online registration is underway. Those wishing to apply or renew a scholarship, must do so at least five business day prior to registering for a program.