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By Justus Lacwell, Denver Zoo Horticulture Specialist

By Jessi Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this weeks feathered friend, Macro, the Micronesian kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamomina cinnamomina). Macro belongs to one of three species of kingfisher that lives on the islands of Micronesia. His species originated from the island of Guam. The other two species are located on the islands of Palau and Pohnpei.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Boo, a jambu fruit dove (Ptilinopus jambu). He hatched here at Denver Zoo in the Avian Propagation Center, where a lot of our off-exhibit breeding occurs. Boo is the only jambu fruit dove on exhibit at Denver Zoo in the tropical forest of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

By Anna Taugher, Seasonal Grounds Technician

Hi everyone, my name is Scott Preusser and I’m one of three Horticulture Coordinators here in the Denver Zoo Horticulture Department. I grew up in Arvada, CO and studied Horticulture at CSU in Fort Collins, or “Fort Fun” as it’s known. After school, I worked as a greenhouse manager/plant propagator for 4 years.  I started here in 2007 as a horticulture assistant in the jungle-like realm of Tropical Discovery, or TD as we call it. I moved into my current position in summer of 2008.

By John Murgel, Denver Zoo Horticulture Coordinator

I like to think of the rather threadbare gardens of winter as providing an opportunity to admire the evergreens in our midst—and to appreciate the physiological gymnastics they’re doing to stay green all year round! 

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing Banshee, this week’s feathered friend. He is a 13-year-old hawk-headed parrot (Deroptyus accipitrinus) that came to Denver Zoo in 2013.

By Jessi Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper 

Introducing Ferris Smewler, this week's Feathered Friend. Smewler is a female smew (Mergellus albellus). She is the only smew at the Denver Zoo. Smewler lives in Denver Zoo’s Forest Aviary in Primate Panorama, with several other ducks and geese, including the merganser species, to which she is closely related.

By John Murgel, Denver Zoo Horticulture Coordinator

Guests visiting Denver Zoo during the winter often find themselves in Tropical Discovery. It’s a great place to escape the cold and imagine being in a different climate. Helping to complete this is an array of tropical plant species, lovingly tended by Zoo horticulturists. And while it’s great to see animals surrounded by a realistic setting, many of the plants put on quite a show in their own right! 

By Ashley Stonecipher, Denver Zoo Horticulture Coordinator

Often times you see Denver Zoo horticulturists walking through the Zoo with bamboo stalks, or maybe a branch of ash or mulberry leaves. And you may ask, “What is that?” or “Why are they carrying that around?” The answer is browse, and most animals in the Zoo receive some form of it on a regular basis. I want to explain in this article what browse is, who benefits, and why. 


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