CLEO - BARN OWL
Cleo is a female Barn Owl (Tyto alba).
She first came to Grouse Mountain in 2013 from Vancouver Island where she was hatched in captivity in 2009. In the 2018 season, Cleo did over 300 appearances to help educate our guests about Owls, their natural history and their conservation concerns.
Barn owls are found all over the world, but in Canada they are only found in Southwestern BC and in Southern Ontario. They can often be found nesting or roosting in large wooden barns, riding arenas and old silos. Due to threats to their habitat in Canada (through urbanization of farm land), Barn Owls are now Endangered in Ontario and Threatened in British Columbia. Barn Owls are a species identified as priority for conservation and stewardship in Canada.