Now that the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are over, the 263 species of animals that call the golf course there home, can go back to living a normal life. The capybaras, the world’s largest rodent probably got the most publicity, but the Burrowing Owls got a gold metal for cuteness.
What didn’t gain a lot of attention was the grand effort of the Brazilians to design the course to be sustainable. Prior to the construction, 80% of the land was devoid of vegetation. After developing a comprehensive plan to improve the area long term, the site went from 118 to 263 species of wildlife found on the site.
The burrowing owl in Brazil are locally called coruja, and a family of Burrowing Owls called the golf course at the summer olympics home. If they are anything like the Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral, they were out enjoying all the activity going on around them.