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By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Before working at the Zoo I was a stay-at-home, freelancing mom. I did much the same as I now do as an employee at Denver Zoo – web design, graphic design and photography. But, of course, I also had two small children to care for and amuse all day. That’s why our family became Zoo members before my first daughter was even toddling.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jessi Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Stella, a 15-year-old rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros). She lives with her mate, Saint, a 16-year-old male in the Treetops exhibit in the middle of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. Rhinoceros hornbills are one of the largest of the hornbill species. The word "rhinoceros" is of Greek origin "rhino," meaning "nose," and "ceros," meaning "horn." Therefore, the Rhinoceros Hornbill's name means, "Nose Horn Hornbill!"

By Molly Maloy, Denver Zoo Graduate Programs Coordinator

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Hochi, a red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis). 

The red-crowned crane is native to the wetlands of Japan, China, Russia, Mongolia and Korea. Some cultures consider this species to be a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity. While folklore believes that they live 1000 years, in actuality they live 50 to 70 years under human care. Red-crowned cranes stand about five feet tall, weigh 15 to 22 pounds and have a wingspan of about eight feet. 

By Betsy Stringer, Denver Zoo Staff Veterinarian 

As a Zoo veterinarian, I get to work with all of the animals here, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, which always keeps things interesting! I love the diversity of species, and no two days at work are alike.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

We’d like to introduce you to Lou, this week’s feathered friend. Lou is a female, blue-naped mousebird (Urocolius macrourus), a species formerly named blue-naped colies (Colius macrourus.) She turned seven this past February. Her keepers have grown very close to her after they spent a lot of time caring for her, following an accident that broke her leg. She is very small and only weighs 44 grams (about the weight of 9 nickels.)

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is Beaky, a grosbeak starling (Scissirostrum dubium.) Beaky turns five this year, and is one of the smaller birds in our Rainforest exhibit. His feathers are charcoal-colored, but his beak and legs are bright yellow, and his rump feathers look like they have been dipped in red ink. You shouldn’t have any trouble spotting this bird because he is very active and is one of the noisiest birds in the room.

By Michael Stern, Denver Zoo Assistant Curator of Primates

Denver Zoo’s Director of Conservation Biology Amy Levine has been working in the Ha Giang province of Vietnam since 2009, partnering with the Ha Giang Forestry Protection Department and the University of Colorado Boulder, to assess where the needs of Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys and the local people intersect.


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