A Fun Fact!
The Pearl-spotted Owlet is called the “Witkoluil” in Afrikaans and “iNkovana” in Zulu.These little owls are often out and about during the day and have a ‘false face’ pattern on the back of their heads to try and confused potential predators. These two black ‘eye-spots’ give the impression that the owl is always looking at you!
To see the “eyes” at the back of my head, hang your mouse over me!
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Our Raptor Rookies
We like you to meet some awesome kids who care about birds of prey and are part of our team:
Josh volunteers at the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary on weekends and holidays. He is passionate about the raptors and he is learning how to feed and handle them. Josh is developing a keen eye for identification and now knows all the local raptors that are living in his area!
Keryn is our youngest “Feathered Friend” and supports Insomnia the Barn owl who flies in the morning show. She lives in Pietermaritzburg and visits the Sanctuary to see her fluffy friend, with her dad.
Lea has been visiting the Sanctuary with her mom Wendi since she was a tiny girl. In October for her 8th birthday Lea had her party at the Sanctuary. She asked all her friends to donate money to build the new bearded vulture a home.
Vultures have a really important job. They are the clean-up crew and because they eat dead things they help stop the spread of disease and make the world less stinky. People think that because vultures get dirty when they scavenge that they are dirty birds. This is not true, because in fact they bath after every meal. Do you bath after every meal? Ask your parents to bring you at lunch-time on the weekend to come and see the vultures gobble and squabble during their feeding sessions.