It is necessary to manage the population genetically and demographically in cooperation with regions where the species is also held ex situ. Currently, there are no subspecies recognized, but this could change in the future, and should be investigated. As some birds have health problems, husbandry improvements should occur to continuously continue to improve welfare of the species. Therefore, this species needs Best Practice Guidelines. The benefit of having an ex situ population of this species could increase if the conditions in the wild worsen, which is possible. It seems possible that reintroductions (locally) may be required in the future.
The effects of climate change, and consequent susceptibility for diseases, on snowy owls requires more research.
This species can be used to educate our visitors on adaptations to cold environment. Snowy owls could be promoted as the European ambassador for climate change.
|• Exhibit/Attractive species
It is a species that is generally considered to be attractive for display.
In December 2019, the Snowy owl EEP had 347 animals in 124 institutions.
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