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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.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

I am always pleased when I see a successful release of an endangered animal safely back to its natural habitat. That happened this past week, when 30 rare, black-footed ferrets were reintroduced to the Rocky Mountain National Arsenal Wildlife Refuge by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Bruiser, a turquoise tanager (Tangara mexicana).

Bruiser is brightly colored with a strikingly blue body, a small dot of turquoise on his wings and a white chest. Some turquoise tanagers have a yellow chest. This species is native to South America. The “white bellied” turquoise tanager is more commonly found in Brazil while the “yellow bellied” can be found in Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. They live in humid, lowland forests and are very social.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

On September 10, Denver Zoo celebrated the arrival of two African lion cubs, a male and a female, who were born to lioness Neliah and her mate, Sango. These are Neliah’s first offspring, and under the watchful eye (via a closed circuit camera) of our incredible zookeepers and veterinary staff, her little family is thriving and bonding quite nicely behind-the-scenes in the Zoo’s Benson Predator Ridge exhibit.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

I have fond memories of my childhood. I remember my grandpa had a garden and we would pick strawberries from it and eat them for breakfast. In addition to enjoying the sweet red berries fresh from the vine, I learned to appreciate watching something grow and seeing the fruits of your labor. Isn’t it funny how grandparents have a way of imparting life lessons with just the simplest of acts?

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing Darla, this week’s feathered friend, a 28-year-old red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis). Some people consider this species to be a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity and folklore says that they live for 1,000 years. In actuality, they live 50 to 70 years under human care and 20 to 40 in the wild. This is the heaviest species of crane, weighing up to 24 pounds, and they stand about 5 feet tall with a wingspan of up to eight feet. 

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

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