Families met one of Lake Metroparks’ animal ambassadors during a special program last week at our Headlands Branch.
Kids learned about Savanna, a short-eared owl, who now lives at Lake Metroparks Wildlife Center in Penitentiary Glen.
They also heard about what kinds of wild animals roamed Ohio in the 1800s, as part of our 200th anniversary celebration. Trevor the Trapper explained what animals (like the porcupine, mountain lion, American bison) used to roam Ohio but have since been extirpated — that is, to say, they are locally extinct.
There are dozens of animals that used to make Ohio their habitat but can now only be found in zoos or museums. They include mammals like the lynx, birds like the swallow-tailed kite, fish like the alligator gar, and the mustard white butterfly. And some like the passenger pigeon and blue pike are completely extinct.
You can visit the Ohio Department of Wildlife’s website for a complete list of Ohio endangered, extirpated, and extinct animals.