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Have you ever seen a burrowing owl?

These small ground dwelling owls have long legs, stand about 9 inches tall and are often seen during the morning and late afternoon hours here in El Paso.

Burrowing owls are loosing their homes in our area due to new development projects. The El Paso Zoo is helping these owls by working in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in building artificial nesting sites.

When owls need help with new places to call home we go to the area and dig trenches filled in with PVC pipe and a nesting box where the owls can move in and set up housekeeping.

In 2008 we built several new owl homes in the Lower Valley. One week later some owls moved in and soon after young owlets were seen.

How can you help?
If you know of a site where burrowing owls may need a new place to call home such as in an areas where they are seen nesting in drainage pipes, call the Texas Parks and Wildlife Urban Biologist at (915) 774-9603 or email

Join the Zoo in helping owls by organizing a Burrowing Owl Rescue Team.


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