Monticello, apart from being a very beautiful boy, is also one of the rarest owls in captivity.
He started life in the zoo in Berlin where efforts to breed from him failed as no females became available. He then went to Italy where the search for a female has also drawn a blank. As he was hand reared in Berlin zoo he has been brought to us in the UK to allow more of the public to meet such a very rare owl.
We only know of one other of this species in captivity in the world and he is also a male, however rumours are that we will have better luck finding him a girl in the Far East! Fingers crossed he will have his mysterious partner soon! At 21 years old it is still possible for him to have a family.