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Introducing Juniper, this week’s Feathered Friend. She is a 1-year-old black-footed penguin, also called an African penguin (Spheniscus demersus). She lives with 21 other African penguins here at Denver Zoo where she hatched in May 2013. Juniper is special because you can actually meet her! She was chosen to be an ambassador for her species in Denver Zoo’s Animal Encounter program. Her keepers started working with her from about 30 days old to get her used to meeting new people.

This summer Denver Zoo will host the silver anniversary celebration of Do At The Zoo, presented this year by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. We are honoring the last 25 years with today’s Throwback Thursday blog about longtime Zoo resident, Dolly the Asian elephant. Generations of visitors to Denver Zoo have been awed by Dolly during their trips to Denver Zoo.

This summer Denver Zoo will host the silver anniversary celebration of Do At The Zoo, presented by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. As we prepare to honor 25 years of this successful fundraiser we have enjoyed looking back at some of our favorite memories. For today’s Throwback Thursday and to honor World Tapir Day on April 27, the Zoo is digging into the more recent past to celebrate the birth of a Malayan tapir calf who arrived, in rather dramatic fashion, in September 2012.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This summer Denver Zoo will host the silver anniversary celebration of Do At The Zoo, presented by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. As we prepare to honor 25 years of this successful fundraiser we have enjoyed looking back at some of our favorite memories. For today’s Throwback Thursday, the Zoo is honoring the amazing development of our Horticulture Department over the last 25 years.

Spring is definitely upon us. Trees are budding, flowers are sprouting and at Denver Zoo, we are preparing for the upcoming summer season. We are expecting several new babies, like a new tapir, and getting ready to say goodbye to one of the animals that was born in 2013. Snow leopard Misha, who will be 1-year-old on May 13, is getting ready to move to her new home.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Spirit. Spirit is a blue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna) or if you prefer - blue-and-gold macaw. Macaws are members of the parrot family. Spirit is at least 14 years old but her exact age is unknown as she was a donation to Denver Zoo in 2000. She has a strong relationship with her keepers as well as her best friend Gulliver, a green-winged macaw, who came with her as part of the same donation.

This summer Denver Zoo will host the silver anniversary celebration of Do At The Zoo, presented by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. As we prepare to honor 25 years of this successful fundraiser we have enjoyed looking back at some of our favorite memories. For today’s Throwback Thursday, the Zoo is honoring long-time zoo resident, Bert the hippopotamus. In 1990, the inaugural year of Do At The Zoo, at 34 years of age Bert fathered his 20th calf, a male named Sarge, and was the oldest resident at Denver Zoo.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

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