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Introducing Taji, an East African crowned crane (Balearica regularum gibbericeps) from our “Winging It” demo, a new summer program where multiple species of birds will be demonstrating their flying skills along with the keepers’ training skills. Starting Memorial Day you can see Taji or his other bird friends, Ruko and Basil, along with other bird species flying in the Primate Panorama plaza, near Lorikeet Adventure. Taji enjoys long walks and short flights around the plaza and eating crane pellets, a nutritious snack offered to him by his trainers.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

I am happy to soon welcome Graeme Patterson, Ph.D., as our new Vice President for Conservation Biology and Research, joining us just days after Earth Day, a day to highlight the critical importance of protecting our planet and embracing sustainability. He will begin his new role in leading our comprehensive conservation projects around the world on May 2.

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Tom, the white-headed buffalo weaver (Dinemellia dinemelli). Tom was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom August 28, 2013, and arrived at Denver Zoo in January.

By Jessica Leckrone and Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keepers

Introducing this week’s tiny feathered friend, Violet, the violaceous euphonia (Euphonia violacea). Violet lives with her mate, Viktor, in the fourth window exhibit in the exit hallway at Bird World.

Violet is a tiny bird, weighing in at 15 grams (the weight of 3 nickels).  She is surprisingly the more dominant of the two and sometimes chases Viktor around the exhibit. He does not seem to be bothered by it, since he continues eating while she is chasing him.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Denver Zoo would not be the organization it is today without our volunteers, and as tomorrow marks the beginning of Volunteer Appreciation Week – April 12-18 – I’d like to reflect on how grateful we are for those who donate their time in support of the Zoo and its mission.

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Sorento, an 11-year-old kea (Nestor notabilis).

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

We recently began an interesting partnership with some exceptional students from Skyline High School on a project to learn more about Lake Titicaca frogs in their native habitat. The students, members of the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy, are building a special remote operated vehicle (ROV) to dive into the depths of the Lake Titicaca. Our conservation biologist team hopes the project will help gather important information about this critically endangered species that can’t be collected by scuba divers. It also provides an excellent educational opportunity for the students as it allows them to apply real-world skills to solve a problem.

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Titus, Denver Zoo’s male Stella’s lorikeet (Charmosyna papou stellae). Titus lives in Lorikeet Adventure near Primate Panorama and is the only one of his species at Denver Zoo, but has many friends since he lives with 46 other lories and lorikeets.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Join me on a trip South of the Border as Denver Zoo brings the vibrant culture, lush fauna and fascinating animals of South America to you during our special monthlong event, Spring Break: Journey to South America. Denver Zoo is filled with the wonders of many locales, so I’m thrilled to share this special event where you will “virtually” travel to another land without leaving Denver. I hope you’re able to take a trip to the Zoo now until April 10.

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