Fundraiser planned to help repair owl exhibit

To raise money to repair the owl exhibit at the Salisbury Zoo, damaged when a tree fell on it last month, the zoo will host the fundraiser Give a Hoot.

The public is invited to the event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 31, to enjoy food, beer, wine and live music. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

The goal is to raise $5,000.

Donations can also be made at

For details, call the Mayor Jake Day’s office at 410-548-3100.

When the tree fell on July 28, two of the three owls in the exhibit were captured and are safe, but a spectacled owl escaped and hasn’t yet returned.

“Staff believe that they have had a couple of sightings on zoo grounds … and we are continuing to monitor the situation,” Zoo Director Ralph Piland said.

To lure the owl back, recordings of spectacled owl calls are being played and its two cage mates were kept outdoors near the animal hospital, Piland said.

Food is out for the bird, who Piland said is relatively young and in good health. The owl on the loose doesn’t pose any danger to the public. Piland said it’s smaller than a great horned owl.


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