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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife


Learn About Beruti

  • Classification: Bird
  • Species: Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 30+ yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10-20 yrs
  • Wingspan: 4-5 ft
  • Weight: 2-3 lbs
  • Range in the Wild: Eastern Africa
  • Habitat in the Wild: Open Savannah, highlands, cultivated land with adjacent mountains
    • Diet in the Wild: reptiles, small mammals, ground-dwelling birds, carrion, insects
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, poultry, donated meats
    • Gender: Male

Beruti is what is known as a melanistic (dark) color morph, which in augur buzzards occurs in only about ten percent of the population. He is particular about who handles him and he requires a lot of patience from his handler. One of the two of the BOP’s most talkative tenants (the crows even started mimicking their calls when they were housed next to each other in BOP), they do a fantastic job of illustrating our animals’ individuality: both birds are the same species, born at the same sanctuary, and housed together for over ten years, yet one is extremely social, the other a bit more “discerning” about who he deals with.

Visit Us

11845 Lower River Rd., Grants Pass, OR 97526
P.O. Box 36, Merlin OR 97532

Please make a reservation for your tour as you must be accompanied by a tour guide to visit!

  • Hours: 9AM - 5PM
  • Guided Tours: Every hour on the hour
  • Adults $14 | Seniors $12
  • Children (ages 4-13) $7
  • Children ages 3 and under by donation

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

In this pursuit we aim to:

  • Involve people to share in our mission.
  • Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted to our care.
  • Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.

We Need Your Help

With over 80 animal ambassadors, and over 1,000 sick injured and orphaned animals brought to our center each year - every dollar counts. We rely solely on people like yourself to support the work we do.

We receive no State or Federal funding and depend entirely on private funds to carry out our Mission.