“Adopt” Whisper the Barn Owl

After a spring storm in 2009 a hiker found two baby barn owls on the ground. It appeared that the night before the strong wind had blown down the tree where Whisper and her sibling lived (known as a nest cavity). Baby Whisper injured her beak in the fall, knocking the top part of her beak (or mandible) slightly crooked. Whisper was taken to the Alabama Wildlife Center in Oak Mountain where they attempted to fix her beak. Unfortunately all of their attempts failed and it was determined that Whisper would have to live in captivity the rest of her life. Birds’ beaks grow like our fingernails; since Whisper’s beak got knocked crooked in the fall, her beak would eventually curl around itself as it grew, and she would not be able to open her mouth. Now that she is in captivity, trainers have to trim her beak every 6 weeks to make sure she does not have trouble tearing and eating her food. If you adopt at the Carnivore Caregiver level or above, you will receive her look-alike stuffed animal.

By adopting Whisper, 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