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by Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is a crowd favorite: peafowl. 

The peafowl are new to our flighted bird demonstration called “Winging It.” There are three chicks that star in the demonstration and they are named Sweet Pea (pictured), Garbanzo and Ham Sandwich. Sweet Pea and Garbanzo are both girls and Ham Sandwich is a boy. Garbanzo is the last bird in the video and is the sweetest peachick in temperament.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Imagine being best friends with a 400+ pound gorilla. I wouldn’t recommend trying it in the wild, but you may get the opportunity to do it right here at Denver Zoo, if you are in the right place at the right time. We are always looking for ways to spontaneously enhance our guests’ experience during their visit and our awesome primate keepers recently introduced a way to combine our animal training program and guest engagement efforts.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Today we honor the men and women who have served, or are still serving, in our armed forces. I would like to share with you a story of a soldier, deployed in the Middle East, who found a connection to his home through the Denver Zoo.

By Jennifer Preusser and Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keepers

In honor of last weekend’s Halloween festivities, this week’s feathered friend is Poe, the green wood hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus), named after writer Edger Allan Poe. The five-year-old lives with his daughter inside of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Hopefully, during a visit to Denver Zoo, you were able to see one of our many animal demonstrations. Whether it was the California sea lions waving a flipper in greeting, or the maneuvers of the animals in our Wildlife Show, these behaviors are the result of our premier animal training program

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Let me be the first to wish you a happy National Bison Day. I’m pretty sure that Hallmark does not have a card for this occasion, but I assure you, in the realm of conservation, this day of recognition is truly warranted.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

When thinking of a zoo, people often equate conservation and sustainability with the protection of wildlife—which is certainly true. However, Denver Zoo staff realizes that being environmentally green in our own lives is just as important, and directly related to animal conservation efforts. By protecting the earth’s resources we preserve the habitat that both animals and people depend upon for survival

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Juliet, a female Luzon bleeding-heart dove (Gallicolumba luzonica). Juliet can be found in the Jungle Exhibit, which is the third room inside Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

Juliet is considered one of many species of ground dove, so she spends most of her time walking, but early in the morning or later in the afternoon, you may find her perched mid-level in a tree. This where she feels safe to rest or take a nap.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

The Zoo is always a magical place in my mind. But maybe even more during the last two weekends of October, where you come face-to-face with an alien, toe-to-toe with a witch or swept up by the beauty of a princess. You can expect these occurrences and more during Denver Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo and Boo After Dark.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Each time I pull into the Zoo’s parking lot, I don’t always know what to expect for the day. Sure, I have my calendar full of meetings, appointments and staff discussions along with decisions that affect the smooth operation of the Zoo and welfare of our resident animals, and everything else that comes with my position. What I’m talking about is the wonderful world of our animals that continually amaze me, and our guests, each day.


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