In 2018, Zenon was transferred to the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He now has a starring role in their captive breeding program. We invite you to visit him there.
Snowy Owls are native to the arctic tundra regions in North American and Eurasia. This yellow-eyed, black-beaked white bird is easily recognizable. It is 20–28 in long, with a 49–59 inch wingspan. These owls can weigh anywhere from 1.6 to 3 kg (3.5 to 6.6 lb). It is one of the largest species of owl and, in North America, is on average the heaviest owl species. The adult male is virtually pure white, but females and young birds have some dark spots; the young are heavily barred, and dark spotting may even predominate. Its thick plumage, heavily feathered taloned feet, and coloration render the snowy owl well-adapted for life north of the Arctic Circle.
Snowy owl calls are varied, but the alarm call is a barking, almost quacking krek-krek; the female also has a softer mewling pyee-pyee or prek-prek. The song is a deep repeated gahw. They may also clap their beak in response to threats or annoyances. While called clapping, it is believed this sound may actually be a clicking of the tongue, not the beak.