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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

Van Gogh

Learn About Van Gogh

  • Classification: Bird
  • Species: Western Screech Owl (Megascops kennicottii)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 20yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 3-7yrs
  • Wingspan: 3ft
  • Weight: 5oz
  • Range in the Wild: Southeastern Alaska and British Columbia, south to Mexico, east to the Rocky Mountains
  • Habitat in the Wild: Riparian, woodlands, orchards, urban areas
    • Diet in the Wild: frogs, small rodents, insects
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, poultry, donated meats, venison
    • Gender: Female

Van Gogh was discovered on the road by a passing motorist, conscious and coherent but with severe injuries to the left side of her head. We assume she was hit by a car. She ultimately lost the use of both her left eye (a setback, but not a critical impairment) and ear (much more serious – this prevents her from triangulating the location of prey when hunting). This feisty little owl is now frequently taken to outreach programs (she’s travel-sized!) and has adapted very well to life in captivity, though she still clacks and mantles at anyone approaching her mew or carrier.

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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.

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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.