Please note: 
• On Free Fun Friday, August 26, Franklin Park Zoo will close at 4:00 p.m., with the last admission at 3:30 p.m. 
• Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on August 27, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic, and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.


Spectacled Owl

Pulsatrix perspicillata

Spectacledowl Gallery

About the Spectacled Owl


Class: Aves  
Order: Strigiformes   
Family: Strigidae  
Genus: Pulsatrix  
Species: perspicillata

Spectacled owls have distinctive white circles around their yellow eyes that give them the appearance of wearing spectacles. Spectacled owls, however, don’t need glasses since their eyesight is so keen that they do most of their hunting at night, when there is less competition for food from other birds of prey. Their acute hearing is also critical for hunting, along with an ability to turn their heads nearly 270 degrees to scan for the small prey that sustains them.