As a mascot, we wanted something that represents what we strive to achieve – wisdom. Experience is the best teacher of wisdom but on the path to gaining more wisdom things can get messy and unpredictable. The owl is a symbolic connection with wisdom and an ability to see what others cannot see in dark places.
The owl is a distinctive bird that comes in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Otus Wise is a Scops owl. Scops belong to the Otus class. There are 45 living species, with new owls being identified or re-identified every few years. The Scops owls are active at night and introverted. They are considered the underdog because of their small size. For this reason, Scops have developed some physical and social adaptations that help them blend into their environment, remaining overlooked by the competitor. Scops Owls are restricted to the Old World – with most of them living in Africa and southern Europe.