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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife


Learn About Petri

  • Classification: Bird
  • Species: Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 15-20 yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10 yrs
  • Wingspan: 2.5-3.5 ft
  • Weight: 1-1.5 lbs
  • Range in the Wild: Temperate and tropical regions of every continent (excluding Antarctica)
  • Habitat in the Wild: Open country in almost every kind of terrain excluding polar and desert environments
    • Diet in the Wild: small nocturnal vertebrates, especially rodents
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, venison, donated meats
    • Gender: Female
    • Lives In: Birds of Prey Center

A Klamath Falls farmer unloading his hay truck in Grants Pass discovered four eggs in the stack and brought them to us packed in a Petri cigar box. Since the clutch had been un-incubated for many hours, we doubted anything would hatch, but they were placed in the incubator anyway. Several weeks later, Petri popped out! We believed she was a male until she laid eggs for the first time at age thirteen (you’ll still hear some longtime staffers refer to Petri as “he”). She is exceptionally good with crowds but tends to be aggressive in her mew and on the perch, so be cautious when approaching her. Since she is fully flighted and slightly ferocious, Petri has turned out to be quite the foster mom. She fostered multiple baby barn owl rehab patients that have been returned to the wild.

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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.