“Adopt” Cedar the Great Horned Owl

When Cedar was a just a wee little baby owl he and his sister lived in Iowa, high up in a tree. One night a bad storm came and blew down their nest. Cedar and his sister were found on the ground the next day by some people out inspecting the storm damage. Thinking that Cedar and his sister were abandoned, the well-meaning humans took the baby owls home. Even though the humans were trying to help Cedar, the opposite actually occurred. Instead of being taught how to fly, hoot and hunt out in the wild, Cedar and his sister missed all of these natural experiences. Since they were raised by humans instead of owls, they grew up thinking they were human beings. This phenomenon is known as “human imprinting.” Unfortunately, he and his sister can never be returned to the wild because they do not know how to survive as owls. Both Cedar and his sister, Juniper, were turned into the veterinary school at Iowa State University. Callaway Gardens acquired them in late 2004 and they have been flying in our outdoor shows since January 2005.

By adopting Cedar, you are are helping feed, house, and provide medical care for these resident raptors. An adoption can be made in honor of a person, or event, or in memory of someone. See our adoption levels below:


Adoption Levels

Adopt Today

Explore All of Callaway

Beach & Water Sports

Swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing on Robin Lake

Learn more

TreeTop Adventure

Climb and zip through the trees on this fun forest course

Learn more

Butterfly Center

Meet over 1,000 colorful butterflies face-to-face

Learn more

Birds of Prey Shows

Discover the strength, speed, and beauty of these magnificent creatures

Learn more

Hiking & Biking Trails

Explore Callaway’s 2,500 acres by foot or by bicycle

Learn more

The Gardens

Drink in the beauty of azaleas, hydrangeas, and other woodland wonders

Learn more

Fantasy In Lights

One of National Geographic’s Top 10 Holiday Light Displays

Learn more

Summer Family Adventure

An authentic Georgia outdoor family getaway like no other

Learn more


Enjoy mouthwatering, chef-prepared cuisine at an array of restaurants

Learn more

Balloon Festival

Watch beautiful balloons aglow at this annual event

Learn more

Symphony on the Sand

A night beneath the stars with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Learn more

Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard

Tournament for the greatest athletes in competitive watersports

Learn more


Some of the best lake fishing in the southeastern United States

Learn more