The topic for May, Zoo Animals Live, was birds of prey. Jeff, who is now working at the Topeka Zoo with Dennis, was the presenter.
Merlin represented all the Great Horned Owls that are widely distributed in the Americas.
There are almost no predators of these adult owls. Their heads can turn 270′ and their eyes are as large as human eyes. They hunt rabbits, raccoon, rats, squirrels and their favorite food are skunks. Owls eat the whole animal and then regurgitate the skin and bones into a pellet.
The TurkeyVulture is found in most of the Americas. Their length is 25-32″, weight 1.9-5 lbs and have a wingspan of 67-72″. They are scavengers and feed on carrion. Vultures have great vision and a good sense of smell. This helps them locate the dead animals that they feed on. They have few predators and are protected in the US under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. These birds migrate south in the winter.