Neville joined us at the Cascades Raptor Center in July of 2017, when he was surrendered by a member of the public at about three months old. He had been taken from the wild as a baby and hand-reared, which means he never had the opportunity to learn how to be an owl from his parents. Our training team evaluated Neville for life as an education ambassador and found him to be a confident, comfortable, and willing participant - enthusiastic for interaction and receptive to choice-based positive reinforcement methods.
An important part of Neville’s training is self-loading into his travel crate. He’ll quickly jump in when asked by his trainers, who reward him with tasty mice or other surprises. When his trainers aren’t around, he’ll cache his stuffed toys inside, hiding them to play with later. This lets us know that he’s using his crate even when we aren’t asking him to, a sure sign of comfort.
Neville is practicing every day, building his confidence in front of small groups of guests, and someday when he is ready he’ll teach entire audiences about just how amazing Great Horned Owls can be!
Adoptive "Parents" of Neville:
The Piechowicz Family • The Mulbry Family • Agriculture Capital • John Gerboth & Deanna Hagy
The LaFayette Family • Brian & Ruth Erickson • Birdsong Speech Therapy Associates