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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.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

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.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Meet this week’s feathered friend - Big Irv, a Cinereous vulture (Aegypius monachus) that lives with his mate in the Nurture Trail in the yard closest to Lorikeet Adventure.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Denver Zoo’s Curator of Birds John Azua recently returned from a conservation trip to Colombia to support Andean condors in the wild. Here are some notes he shared about his experience:

I traveled with Mike Mace and arrived in Columbia on Monday, February 17. Mike Mace is the curator of birds at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park. He is also the Andean Condor Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinator and my travel partner. I serve as the treasurer for the Andean Condor SSP.

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