Binghamton has gotten another snowy surprise, besides last night's storm.
The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park has received two new snowy owls on loan from the Columbus Zoo. The 1 and a half year old birds are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums plan to increase the number of snowy owls in captivity in North America. Currently they are located in only 35 zoos across the country. The male owl, Blizzard, and the female, Storm will be set up to breed at the zoo.
Zoo Curator Dave Orndorff says Binghamton is one of only a few smaller zoos to be given such an honor. Orndorff says, "That Columbus Zoo selected us to have these birds says a lot about our zoo here and our capabilities here and also the community here. As a community zoo that we're here for the community and that they wanted to send them to Binghamton says a lot about the area. So we all should be proud of that."
Over the course of the spring 75 new animals will be introduced to the zoo as well as new building renovations. The zoo will be open on March 30th for the Easter Eggstravaganza. The official opening will take place on April 20th.