Welcome twit-twoo Paulinho!

A new male burrowing owl called Paulinho has arrived at DZG to pair up with our female, Laverne.

The seven-year-old male came to us from London Zoo and is settling into his new home with his new partner.

Senior Bird Keeper Kriss Pearson said: “Winter is a good time to introduce a new male to our female as they can settle down and get used to each other well before the breeding season begins.

“We have successfully bred burrowing owls in the past and hope we’ll be doing so again before too long.”

The burrowing owl is so named because it lives in underground burrows that have been dug out by small mammals such as prairie dogs and ground squirrels. Unlike most owls, they are day-active especially in the spring when they are busy feeding young.