Mimi and Dolly Move Into New Home – Denver Zoo elephants Mimi and Dolly traveled by crate to their new home, Toyota Elephant Passage, on Thursday. Guests will miss the girls at this year's Zoo Lights event, which begins Friday night. However the move allows staff and elephants time to get acclimated to their new 10-acre home featuring six interconnected habitats and more than 100 gated passageways. Mimi and Dolly have been training for this move throughout the summer and fall. Thursday, their training paid off as zookeepers moved the crates via crane and truck to the elephants more spacious exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage. Learn more.
Toyota Elephant Passage Name of New Exhibit – Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Zoo Board Chair Katie Schoelzel and Zoo President/CEO Craig Piper on Monday announced a multimillion dollar partnership between the zoo and regional Toyota dealers to sponsor the zoo's new 10-acre exhibit for Asian elephants, greater one-horned rhinos and Malayan tapirs. Toyota's generous support completes the zoo's campaign to raise private matching funds for the zoo improvement bond program overwhelmingly supported by Denver citizens in 1999. The partnership makes Toyota the zoo's official automotive partner and provides the zoo with a title sponsor for the exhibit, which officially has been named Toyota Elephant Passage. The exhibit will open June 1, 2012. Learn more.
A Few Spots Open for Photo Safari – The Zoo Lights Photo Safari, brought to by Mike’s Camera and Denver Zoo, still has spots available for the Monday, December 12 event (5-8 p.m.). A ticket to the photo safari includes a second ticket to a future Zoo Lights night and a $20 photofinishing gift card good for any printing or output service at Mike's Camera. Learn more.
Membership Offer Ends December 31 – You still have time to buy or renew a Denver Zoo membership and receive two free Zoo Lights passes, but the offer ends December 31. The 21st annual Zoo Lights starts Friday and runs through January 1, 2012. Renew early and your membership will be extended one year from its current expiration date, when you renew at your current level. Enjoy photos with Santa during Zoo Lights, December 9-23, 5:30-9 p.m. nightly. Learn more.
Ice Carvers Sculpting Again at Zoo Lights – Ice carvers return to Zoo Lights on December 9-15 and December 19-22. Ice carvers will show off their unique sculpting skills nightly from 5-9 p.m. at Conoco Zoo Gardens, turning blocks of ice into beautiful shapes, from plants, animals and other creatures and forms with exquisite lighting to enhance their artwork. Learn more.
Support Denver Santa Claus Shop – Help animals and kids by supporting the Denver Santa Claus Shop, a local nonprofit that provides Christmas gifts for children. You can help by buying items at Denver Zoo's gift shop, Kibongi Market, and donating your purchases back. Every time you shop at Kibongi Market you are supporting conservation worldwide. The gift shop will have extended hours – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. – during Zoo Lights, December 9-January 1, 2012.