Maxine, Shangri La’s barred owl, has died

Maxine, Shangri La’s barred owl, has died

Shangri La Botanical Garden and Nature Center announced the death of Maxine, the beloved barred owl. Maxine died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 1, at the age of 14. Known as the gentle ambassador for Shangri La’s education department, Maxine had a place in the hearts of many in the community.

Maxine enriched the lives of tens of thousands of students, guests, staff, and volunteers with programs at Shangri La and in the community through the very popular “Meet Maxine” and “Owl Puke” programs in which she starred. 

In her youth, Maxine had an unfortunate encounter with a barbed wire fence and suffered a severe injury to her right wing, which permanently prevented her from returning to the wild. But Maxine was loved and cared for by many volunteers and staff over the years. Through the efforts of this dedicated group, Maxine was able to teach valuable lessons about conservation and wildlife protection to many children and adults.

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