Why we exist

Mission Statement

Our mission is to continually establish and maintain facilities to enable us to pioneer techniques for the propagation of specialized species, promote conservation of their habitat through presentation of educational programs, maintain a gene pool and breeding data bank of specialized species, and reintroduce progeny to their natural habitat wherever applicable.

Who we are

Established in 1987, the Centre is a registered charitable organization located north of Ottawa Ontario, Canada.

During the past 3 decades, the Centre has worked with over 40 unique species of animals including birds of prey, bats, primates, reptiles, insects, etc. The Centre is currently home to approximately 300 animals, mainly consisting of birds of prey (raptors) and bats, many of which are classified by CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) as Appendix I, II, and III, threatened and endangered.

About Us:

Our Founder:

Learn more about Lelia Ketola, also known as the godmother of North America's eagle owls.


Our contribution to the 2008 North American studbook for Eurasian Eagle Owls is one of many accomplishments that we are proud to have been a part of.

The Centre works with species native to virtually every continent. We truly live in a global ecosystem and it’s naïve to think that we can simply ignore environmental issues facing other regions and countries. Every change in the environment, even seemingly small ones has an effect, (often alarming) upon our planet and that’s why at the Centre we promote awareness about global and local conservation programs and efforts.

For more detailed information about the Centre and the work it does, please tour the rest of our website, or feel free to use our contact page for any questions you may have.



At present the Centre is not open to the general public, although it is our goal to become open as soon as possible.

The vast majority of the animals at the Centre are essentially wild, and are very sensitive to any human disturbance. Therefore; only a limited number of carefully trained volunteers are allowed to be on the Centre’s grounds to work with the animals as needed. Only a few representative animals kept at the Centre have been specially trained for our public presentations, and strictly for educational purposes only.

Our Programs



From Ottawa to Toronto, over 5,000 students per year benefit from our programs in schools.

great horned owl


Tens of thousands of people, young and old alike, have enjoyed asking questions and interacting with live animals at the various community fairs and festivals that we attend.



The Centre offers a highly educational and entertaining falconry presentation which focuses on the early history of the sport.




To promote conservation though our outreach programs in schools and community events.



To establish and maintain a genetically diverse captive breeding population of threatened and endangered animals



To provide a sanctuary to birds of prey that have been injured in the wild and are unable to be released back into their natural habitat due to the extent of their injuries.


If you have found an injured bird of prey (hawk, falcon, owl, etc.), contact the Centre and our experienced staff can assist in determining what steps should be taken to ensure the bird receives the best possible care.


Telephone : +1 343 341 2730

Email : erikthefinn@gmail.com