The Louisville Zoo Snowy Owl Exhibit

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Known for their beautiful white plumage, the snowy owls have moved into their new home signaling the completion of the
Zoo’s award-winning Glacier Run exhibit. Native to the Arctic region, the snowy owl is a stunning and mysterious looking animal. That could explain why it was chosen as a iconic character in the Harry Potter novels. Its signature plumage, which
ranges from pure white for males to white with some darker specks for females, serves as very effective camouflage in their frigid habitat.

The new exhibit was designed to resemble a rustic outbuilding sitting on the outskirts of an Arctic town– in this case, Glacier Run. The inside is equally themed having an industrial feel with trusses running down the center which serve as
perches for the birds. The Zoo’s snowy owl exhibit will showcase both a male that came from the Netherlands and a female
from the Minnesota Zoo. Because snowy owl populations are on the decline, the Zoo’s exhibit was designed deliberately to support a breeding program and help contribute to North America’s snowy owl population. According to Gary Michael,
curator of birds at the Zoo, Europe has had more luck breeding these beautiful birds; researchers believe this is due to the region’s cooler climate and better air quality. The interior temperature of our exhibit will reside at a cool 55 degrees with a climate-controlled system and a high quality air filtration system that will help keep the air purified. The hope
is that these special accommodations will encourage breeding.

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Louisville Zoo – Snowy Owl Exhibit

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Calhoun Construction Services served as the General Contractor on the final phase of The Louisville Zoo’s award-winning Glacier Run exhibit.

The Snowy Owl exhibit is a sophisticated climate controlled rustic barn home for the owls to promote a breeding program of this endangered bird. The Snowy Owl exhibit is a 800 square foot temperature controlled building. The façade is covered with cement board siding painted by an artist and set designer themed to look like a building in an arctic town. There are sliding doors that open for the public to view the owls perched on trusses that run through the exhibit.

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Square Footage:  800 sq ft
Year Completed:  2015
Project Location:  Louisville, KY
Contract Type:  General Contractor

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