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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. 

By Eric Lutomski, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s very small Feathered Friend, Ellen. She is a Pekin robin, (Leiothrix lutea) also known as a red-billed leiothrix. You can visit Ellen and three other Pekin robins in the Rainforest Room of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

By Jessi Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Meet this week’s feathered friend, Delilah, a 17-year-old Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias). She finds herself at home in the Rainforest Room, the second room inside of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. She can be found perching in a tree, on a cliff, or lurking on the edge of the pool water for a nice delicious insect snack. Delilah lives with her mate, Sampson, as well as several other birds that call the Rainforest home.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

At Expedia Viewfinder, we strive to enjoy the holiday season to the fullest during our travels. Whether it’s watching ice carvers sculpt masterpieces or folk dancers take the stage, we like celebrating all month long. To learn how we could fully embrace the holiday season this December in the Mile-High City, we turned to our friends at Denver Zoo in Colorado.


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