Stella is the official live mascot of Temple University Athletics. See her on the sidelines of all Temple Football home games this season!

Stella is a great horned owl, a species considered to be one of the largest and most powerful in North America. She is a voracious and efficient predator; she can grip her prey with up to 28 lbs of force. In the wild she would hunt rodents, rabbits, and snakes.

Stella was born in 2010 in Washington State. She arrived at Elmwood Park Zoo in August 2011 and has since served as an Education Ambassador, helping to teach people of all ages about wildlife conservation.

"Give a Hoot; Don't Pollute"
Birthdate: 01/01/2010
Height: 2 ft
Weight: 3 lbs
Wingspan:5 ft

This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.
Stella is in possession of the Elmwood Park Zoo by the authority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

For more information on American bird conservation and how you can help, please visit
Woodsy the Owl has been America's original and official environmental icon for over 25 years. Since his creation in 1971, Woodsy has been instrumental in helping teachers and parents inspire children to care actively for the environment. Woodsy the Owl is part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Forest Service.

Caring, friendly, and wise, Woodsy is a whimsical mentor to children. His new message, "Lend a hand, care for the land!" is positive, easily understood, and generates an interest in the stewardship of natural resources. As he flies across the land, Woodsy invites children to see the world around them and explore new surroundings. Woodsy builds on his original message of, "Give a hoot; don't pollute!" by inviting children to renew, reuse, and recycle.

Adopt Stella
Show your love for Stella through the Adopt-an-Animal Program! By becoming Stella's ZooParent, you provide the funds to help the Zoo maintain the highest standards of care for her. In addition, your donation can help purchase special toys, treats, and enrichment items for her to enjoy!

Click here to begin your adoption. For more information, email

AZA Raptor Taxon Advisory Group
The AZA Raptor Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) works with the Elmwood Park Zoo in support and management of captive birds of prey. It is through this partnership that this owl represents one of thousands of raptors that are housed at zoological institutions nationally. The TAG focuses its efforts on conservation of raptors both here in the United States as well as globally. The TAG is supportive of the use of this owl as a means to further raise awareness as to the majesty of owls and the need to continue to conserve them and all raptors. We are proud to work with the TAG, and share their support of owl conservation and public awareness.


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