The Monticello centre

The Monticello centre was created towards the end of the 1970's. It is a private body which specializes in breeding threatened species of birds and studying their eco-ethology.
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Housed species

Monticello Centre has about forty outside aviaries which have been specially designed to house pairs of owls and to encourage breeding; it also breeds several species of sea ducks.
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housed species

Monticello Centre has about forty outside aviaries which have been specially designed to house pairs of owls and to encourage breeding; it also breeds several species of sea ducks.
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Housed species

Monticello Centre has about forty outside aviaries which have been specially designed to house pairs of owls and to encourage breeding; it also breeds several species of sea ducks.
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The Center
The Monticello Breeding and Conservation Centre is set in a sprawling estate that dates back to the 1850s. The estate is comprised of about 5.5 hectares, completely surrounded by walls, located few kilometers from the base of the Italy’s Lombard prealps.
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Season's Hatchlings
The Monticello Center welcomes the new hatchlings from the 2020 season.
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D.R.O.C. Project - Dominican Republic Owl Conservation Project
In 1999, Rolf Krahe, President of the S.C.R.O. (Society for the Conservation and Research on Owls), embarked on an important project alongside the government of the Dominican Republic for the conservation of 4 species owl endemic to the island: the Ashy-faced owl (Tyto glaucops); the Hispaniola short-eared owl (Asio flammeus domingensis); the...
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Reintroduction of the Ural owl in the Austrian Alps
The Ural owl (Strix uralensis) is considered to have stable populations in Eastern Europe and a band stretching across northern Eurasia. Yet, within what was once it’s western distribution (Eastern Italian Alps, Austria, South-Eastern Germany and the Czech Republic) the species became practically extinct at the beginning of the last century. In...
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Activity
Research
The Monticello Centre has been active for decades conducting studies related to the breeding of species that are endangered or rare in captivity in...
Didactic activities
Expanding on our well-established collaboration with the Museo Civico di (Civic Museum of) Lentate sul Seveso, a series of initiatives were developed...
Implementation of Didactic Activities
Over time, due to the enlargement of the centre, and the application of ever more efficient and effective breeding techniques, we have reached a...