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Denver Zoo wants to support animals in their natural habitat. However, there are times when special circumstances arise and providing an animal a home is the right thing to do.

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DENVER ZOO PRESENTS LEGO® BRICKS EVENTS ON AUGUST 6 AND 8

Nights will feature family-friendly activities and first looks of Nature Connects, Art with LEGO® Bricks, Brought to you by The Goddard Schools

July 24, 2015
Denver Zoo is hosting two, exciting events for its new, traveling exhibit, “Nature Connects, Art with LEGO® Bricks,” brought to you by The Goddard Schools, on August 6 and 8, each from 6:30-9 p.m., with a chance to meet the artist on the first night. 
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FEMALE SLOTH ARRIVES AT DENVER ZOO

Charlotte Greenie becomes new mate for male sloth, Elliot

July 24, 2015
A new, female Linnaeus's (li-NEE-us) two-toed sloth is calling Denver Zoo home. 
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ASPEN THE DOG JOINS DENVER ZOO’S WILDLIFE SHOW

8-month-old terrier mix arrives from Foothills Animal Shelter

July 17, 2015
Denver Zoo’s Wildlife Show has a new star, an 8-month-old terrier mix named Aspen. The energetic, female puppy was cared for by Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, CO and was recently adopted by the Zoo. 
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DENVER ZOO OPENS “BE A ZOOKEEPER ZONE”

New area to teach young visitors and parents about zookeepers and explore science of animal care

July 16, 2015
Denver Zoo is excited to announce the opening of its “Be a Zookeeper Zone,” an interactive activity area that will allow children ages 2 – 10, and their adults, a chance to learn about zookeepers and explore the science of animal care.  
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DENVER ZOO PRESENTS 2015 CRYSTAL LION AWARD TO SCOTT AND KATIE SCHOELZEL

Second Annual Award Honors Couple for Unwavering Support and Leadership 

July 10, 2015
Denver Zoo presented its highest honor, the Crystal Lion Award, to Katie and Scott Schoelzel at a ceremony last night, July 9, at the Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, recognizing the couple’s outstanding commitment, generosity and leadership. 
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DENVER ZOO MOURNS LOSS OF KOMODO DRAGON “CASTOR”

July 9, 2015
Denver Zoo is saddened to announce the death of “Castor,” a 21-year-old male Komodo dragon. Castor had exhibited a slow decline in the mobility of his back legs for the last six years, due to arthritis. Zoo staff provided Castor outstanding care through a variety of methods, including a treatment plan of physical therapy, pain medication and even acupuncture. 
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ADORABLE SEA LION PUP BORN AT DENVER ZOO

Guests can see the two-week-old male in Northern Shores

June 22, 2015
Denver Zoo is offering 100 free tickets to Do At The Zoo, beginning tomorrow at the Zoo’s Boettcher Welcome Center. Teachers just need to show their work There’s a new set of flippers making their way around Denver Zoo as staff celebrates the birth of a new California sea lion pup. The unnamed male was born on the evening of June 11 and is the first of its species born at Denver Zoo since 2010. Visitors can now see him explore the seal pool, in the southern area of the Zoo’s Northern Shores exhibit, with his mother.
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DENVER ZOO GIVES AWAY TICKETS TO DO AT THE ZOO TO TEACHERS

Event to Support Education Initiatives, While Giving Back to Teachers

June 16, 2015
Denver Zoo is offering 100 free tickets to Do At The Zoo, beginning tomorrow at the Zoo’s Boettcher Welcome Center. Teachers just need to show their work identification to get their ticket beginning at 9 a.m. June 17. But hurry, only 100 tickets are available. Follow the Zoo’s Facebook and Twitter page for updates on the giveaway.
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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES NEW TWO-YEAR-OLD OKAPI

Female Almasi can now be seen in yard near Toyota Elephant Passage

June 5, 2015
Denver Zoo is excited to welcome a new, female okapi (oh-KAW-pee) to its herd. Two-year-old Almasi (all-MAH-see), arrived from the Dallas Zoo in late April and has just cleared her mandatory, month-long quarantine. Visitors can see her now exploring her new yard, located just outside of Toyota Elephant Passage.
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THREE ASIAN SMALL-CLAWED OTTERS BORN AT DENVER ZOO

Week-old pups will remain behind the scenes as they develop

June 5, 2015
Denver Zoo welcomed the birth of three adorable, Asian small-clawed otters on May 29. The unnamed pups, whose genders are unknown, are currently behind the scenes of the Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit under the excellent care of their parents, Asha (AH-shah) and Bugsy. 
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DENVER ZOO OFFERS SUMMER OF FUN BEGINNING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Be a Zookeeper Zone, Giraffe Encounter, Nature Connects, Art with LEGO® Bricks and Animal Adventures await guests 

May 21, 2015
Denver Zoo has a summer packed full of fun ways for visitors to connect with animals, both of the real and toy brick variety. The season includes the debut of a new way to interact with giraffes, the opening of a special area for visitors to learn about zookeepers and an exhibit made of LEGO® brick sculptures. 
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DENVER ZOO MOURNS LOSS OF “BERTIE” THE HIPPOPOTAMUS, OLDEST HIPPO IN NORTH AMERICA

Hippo was Zoo’s longest resident and oldest hippo in accredited North American zoos

May 4, 2015
Denver Zoo is deeply saddened to announce the death of “Bertie,” a 58-year-old male hippopotamus. In addition to being the Zoo’s longest resident, Bert, as he was affectionately known, was the oldest hippo in accredited North American zoos. 
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DENVER ZOO’S SECOND RARE STELLER’S SEA EAGLE CHICK NOW VIEWABLE

Chick’s birth marks rare occasion for U.S. zoos

April 30, 2015
Denver Zoo’s second-ever, successfully-reared Steller’s sea eagle chick was given its first physical exam this week. The unnamed chick, with a still unknown gender, hatched on March 10. It is currently still in its nest just outside of Bird World, presented by Frontier Airlines, where it is being cared by both of its parents. Visitors may be able to catch a glimpse of it now.
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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES NEW RED PANDA

Male Hamlet ventures onto exhibit after arriving from Kansas

April 23, 2015
A new red panda is calling Denver Zoo home after recently making its way from Garden City, KS. Hamlet, a 1-year-old male, arrived from Lee Richardson Zoo on February 14 and has now come out from behind the scenes. Weather permitting, guests can see him in his habitat, located on the southeastern side of campus, near the Zoo’s camels and Przewalski's horses.
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DO AT THE ZOO TO FEATURE ECLECTIC MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

Fabulous Boogienauts, Steve Manshel, Megan Burtt and more to perform at Denver Zoo’s largest annual fundraiser

April 22, 2015
A variety of locally-renowned artists and musical groups will hit the stage at Denver Zoo’s 26th annual Do At The Zoo gala on June 18, including The Fabulous Boogienauts, Megan Burtt & the Cure for Love, Steve Manshel, Matt Spinks Trio and Soul Sacrifice: A Tribute to Santana. Presented by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Denver’s favorite summer party and Denver Zoo’s largest fundraiser will feature live entertainment for guests of all musical tastes. All proceeds from this event will support the Zoo’s education initiatives.
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DENVER ZOO’S BENSON PREDATOR RIDGE NOMINATED FOR BEST ZOO EXHIBIT

Zoo asks for public’s voting support for USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

April 22, 2015
Denver Zoo’s Benson Predator Ridge exhibit has been nominated for “Best Zoo Exhibit” by USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards and the Zoo is asking for the public’s vote. After consulting with zoo experts, the newspaper nominated 20 zoo exhibits to win the honor and Denver Zoo’s popular and dynamic home for lions, spotted hyenas and African wild dogs is a finalist. 
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TOYOTA SPONSORS DENVER ZOO’S NEW GIRAFFE ENCOUNTER

Giraffe Encounter, Made Possible By Toyota, will allow public to bond with Zoo’s giraffes daily

April 16, 2015
Denver Zoo announces an addition to its partnership with The Denver Toyota Dealers Association, a multi-year sponsorship of the Zoo’s upcoming feature, “Giraffe Encounter.” Your six Hometown Toyota Stores will support the project, a platform for guests to feed the Zoo’s reticulated giraffes in their exhibit on a daily basis.
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MIKE LONG AND DICK MONFORT TO CO-CHAIR DENVER ZOO’S DO AT THE ZOO GALA

Long and Monfort will preside over Zoo’s largest fundraiser to support education

April 9, 2015
“I’m so pleased to have business and community leaders Mike Long and Dick Monfort working with us to support children’s education as Co-Chairs of the 2015 Do At The Zoo gala, set for Thursday, June 18,” says CEO and President of Denver Zoo, Shannon Block. “Proceeds raised at this year’s event will be dedicated to the Zoo’s education programs.”
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DENVER ZOO MOURNS LOSS OF LION “BABY”

Staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize the elderly lion 

March 30, 2015
Denver Zoo is deeply saddened to announce the death of “Baby,” a 17-year-old female South African lion. She was the last surviving member of the first pride to live in the Zoo’s Benson Predator Ridge exhibit. After she displayed a decline in health due to numerous age-related issues, staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize the elderly lion on the morning of March 29.
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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES SECOND TAMANDUA BIRTH

New arrival “Salvador” may be seen by visitors as a member of Zoo’s Education collection

March 26, 2015
Denver Zoo is celebrating its second-ever birth of a southern tamandua, a species of anteater. The new arrival, a male named Salvador, was born on March 12. Salvador is currently bonding with his mother, Rio, behind the scenes at the Zoo’s Gates Animal Housing Center.
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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES TWO NEW AFRICAN WILD DOGS

Visitors can see new brothers at Benson Predator Ridge now, weather permitting

March 19, 2015
Denver Zoo is thrilled to welcome two new, male African wild dogs. Jesse and Taco, 4-year-old brothers, just arrived from the Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina, KS. Zookeepers say the brothers are settling in well and visitors can see them now as they explore their new home at the Zoo’s Benson Predator Ridge exhibit, weather permitting.
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LOUIS CLINTON III ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF DENVER ZOOLOGICAL FOUNDATION

Foundation also Elects Five New Trustees to Prestigious Denver Board

March 16, 2015
Louis L. Clinton III was elected to serve as Chair of the Denver Zoological Foundation Board of Trustees at a recent meeting.
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DENVER ZOO IS FIRST ZOO IN WESTERN HEMISPHERE TO EARN PRESTIGIOUS HEALTH AND SAFETY CERTIFICATION

Denver Zoo is only fourth zoo in the world to achieve both ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 certifications

March 11, 2015
Denver Zoo is now one of only four zoological institutions in the world, and the first in the western hemisphere, to achieve the highest international distinction for its environmental, health and safety management systems. 
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DENVER ZOO SHOWS LOVE WITH BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE ADMISSION FEBRUARY 14-16

To receive deal, visitors must say, “I Love Denver Zoo” at main gate

February 12, 2015
The Zoo is better with two! In honor of Valentine’s Day, Denver Zoo invites guests to bring someone they love, or maybe just someone they can spend a day with, to the Zoo any day from February 14-16 and receive buy one, get one free admission. 
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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES ADULT MALE ORANGUTAN “BERNAS”

Visitors can see him in Primate Panorama now

January 16, 2015
Denver Zoo is thrilled to welcome the arrival of a 12-year-old, male Sumatran orangutan, named Bernas (burr-NAHSS). He just arrived from Zoo Atlanta on January 13 under recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which ensures healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals.
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CAST YOUR VOTE TO NAME DENVER ZOO’S BABY ZEBRA

Voting begins January 12 on Facebook

January 12, 2015
Denver Zoo is asking for the public’s help in naming its new Grevy’s zebra foal on its Facebook page. Those who vote by January 18 will automatically be entered to win a behind-the-scenes tour of his or her choice. 
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DENVER ZOO CONSERVATION BIOLOGISTS HONORED BY MONGOLIAN GOVERNMENT

Dr. Richard Reading and Ganchimeg Wingard receive top awards for contributions to conservation and research

December 18, 2014
Two Denver Zoo conservation biologists received top awards from the Mongolian government in late November to recognize their work in contributions to the body, and advancement of, science in the country. 
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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES NEW TWO-YEAR-OLD OKAPI

Molimo can now be seen on exhibit near Toyota Elephant Passage

December 11, 2014
Denver Zoo is thrilled to announce that the size of its okapi (Oh-COP-ee) herd is a little bigger with the arrival of two-year-old, Molimo (Mo-LEE-mo), who came from Disney’s Animal Kingdom in late October. Molimo has just cleared his mandatory, month-long quarantine and can be seen on exhibit near Toyota Elephant Passage.
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DENVER NUGGETS PLAYERS SURPRISE ZOO GUESTS WITH SPECIAL TOUR

Denver Zoo partners with Nuggets to give back to the community

November 21, 2014
As leaders in the Denver community, the Denver Nuggets and Denver Zoo organizations teamed up in an effort to say thank you to supporters of the seven-county Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
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NEW ASIAN SMALL-CLAWED OTTER PUP TO VENTURE ON EXHIBIT AT DENVER ZOO

Guests may visit Jilin at his exhibit in Toyota Elephant Passage

November 14, 2014
Denver Zoo welcomed the birth of an adorable, Asian small-clawed otter on August 26. Male Jilin (Jee-Lin) has been under the care of mother, Asha, and father, Bugsy. Guests can soon visit the family in the El Pomar Foundation Village Hall in Toyota Elephant Passage as the pup begins to get comfortable with his exhibit. Zookeepers are giving the young pup the choice to stay behind the scenes or venture onto public view. 
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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES LION NELIAH

New lioness to join Sango and Sabi in young pride

November 6, 2014
Denver Zoo has welcomed a new, female African lion to join its young lion pride. Neliah (Ne-LIE-uh), a 2-year-old lioness arrived on September 26 from Florida’s Jacksonville Zoo and has just cleared her mandatory, month-long quarantine. Guests may see Neliah now as she begins to gradually explore the Zoo’s Benson Predator Ridge exhibit and gets to know the Zoo’s other 2-year-old lions, male Sango and female Sabi.
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DENVER ZOO ANIMAL ART TO BE AUCTIONED FOR VISIT DENVER’S ART WEEK

Online Art Auction to Raise Funds for Denver Zoo Beginning Nov. 7!

November 5, 2014
Dolly the elephant, sported her best Dali impression with her latest work, “The Mask,” commissioned this year for Denver Arts Week. More than 10 animals supported the effort to create works for Denver Arts Week, the famous weeklong celebration created by Visit Denver to showcase Denver’s robust art scene.
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DENVER ZOO CELEBRATES GORILLA ARRIVAL NOV. 2 WITH WELCOME HOME PARTY!

Primate Homecoming Party for Tinga the Gorilla Nov. 2 Brought to You By Frontier Airlines

October 23, 2014
On November 2, Denver Zoo will go to the apes, as we host a welcome home party, brought to you by Frontier Airlines, for Tinga the gorilla. More than 1,200 gorilla supporters participating in the Denver Gorilla Run will join the festivities which includes enrichment for the primates, interactive education stations and a gorilla keeper talk at 2 p.m. 
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TAKE YOUR PHOTO WITH 400-POUND PUMPKIN AT DENVER ZOO’S FALL FESTIVAL

Zoo prepares for “Squish the Squash” event on October 18

October 9, 2014
Denver Zoo visitors can take their picture with an elephantine-sized pumpkin at this weekend’s Fall Festival, on October 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A week later, on Saturday, October 18, the 400-pound pumpkin will be pulverized by one of the Zoo’s Asian elephants in a Zoo Halloween season tradition, the “Squish the Squash” demonstration.
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ZOO LIGHTS SPARKLES WITH HOLIDAY FUN AT DENVER ZOO

Zoo offers online discount for guests to avoid long lines 

October 8, 2014
Light up your holiday with a wild 24th annual Zoo Lights celebration at Denver Zoo. Presented by Your Neighborhood Toyota Stores, the holiday tradition will run nightly from December 5, 2014-January 4, 2015, from 5:30-9 p.m. Denver Zoo is also offering an online discount for the first time to help guests avoid long lines.
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DENVER ZOO CELEBRATES HATCHING OF CHILEAN FLAMINGO CHICKS

Public can enter to win $500 flight voucher from Frontier Airlines in naming contest

October 3, 2014
Denver Zoo’s flamingo flock is a little bigger thanks to three new adorable Chilean flamingo chicks. The unnamed chicks hatched in August, but are now more visible in their home on the Zoo’s Flamingo Island, near Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. Denver Zoo needs the public’s help naming the chicks, and will be asking for recommendations on its Facebook page. Every person who comments on the post will automatically be entered to win a $500 flight voucher from Frontier Airlines.
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DENVER ZOO STAFF TRAVELS TO SEE WILD POLAR BEARS AS PART OF POLAR BEARS INTERNATIONAL’S CLIMATE ALLIANCE TRAINING 

October 3, 2014
Denver Zoo’s Director of Safety and Sustainability Jennifer Hale and Zookeeper Sue Peters will travel to the tundra near Churchill, Canada, in early October for a week-long Climate Alliance training sponsored by Polar Bears International (PBI), a conservation group.
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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES FIRST EVER FOSSA BIRTH

GUESTS MAY SEE "RICO" AS HE TRIES TO EXPLORE INDOOR HABITAT

September 25, 2014
Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of its very first fossa pup, born on July 28. The male pup, named Rico, has stayed behind the scenes for the last couple months under the watchful eye of his mother, Violet, who is proving to be an excellent first-time mom. Rico is now slowly gaining more mobility, though, and zookeepers just removed the boards in front of their indoor habitat. Guests may see him as he attempts to leave his nest box inside the Zoo’s Feline Building.
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DENVER ZOO WINS EDUCATION AWARD FROM ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS

AWARD RECOGNIZES TOYOTA ELEPHANT PASSAGE EDUCATION PROGRAM 

September 16, 2014
Denver Zoo was awarded The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Significant Achievement in Education Award for its Toyota Elephant Passage Education Program. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in educational program design, judging programs on their ability to promote conservation knowledge, attitudes and behavior, show innovation, and measure success. Representatives from Denver Zoo accepted the honor at AZA’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida.
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LABOR DAY IS LAST CHANCE FOR MANY TO SEE CLOUDED LEOPARD CUBS

Summer Programs Also Wrap Up Sept. 1 

August 28, 2014
Buy your tickets now to join Denver Zoo’s suds safari, Brew At The Zoo before it sells out. This popular brew celebration, taking place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 12, will feature more than 40 of Colorado’s finest breweries, food samples from more than 20 of Denver’s best restaurants as well as music and dancing. 
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RABIES FOUND IN WILD BAT AT DENVER ZOO

Anyone having direct contact with bats should contact their medical provider for advice

August 7, 2014
A wild bat, not part of Denver Zoo’s collection, found at the zoo’s primate exhibit Aug. 2, has tested positive for rabies. A zoo staff member safely captured the oddly behaving bat and took it to the zoo’s veterinary hospital. The sick bat was humanely euthanized and sent to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for rabies testing.
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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES THREE HYENA CUBS TO START NEW CLAN

Trio arrives via Frontier Airlines flights to promote healthy breeding of species

August 1, 2014
Denver Zoo welcomed the addition of three spotted hyena cubs this week from two locations for needed socialization and to promote healthy breeding for the species. Kelele (keh-LAY-lay), a male born on June 26, arrived from the Buffalo Zoo on July 31. 
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BEST BREWERIES FEATURED AT DENVER ZOO’S BREW AT THE ZOO

Local Suds Safari on September 12 is Expected to Sell Out Again

July 8, 2014
Buy your tickets now to join Denver Zoo’s suds safari, Brew At The Zoo before it sells out. This popular brew celebration, taking place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 12, will feature more than 40 of Colorado’s finest breweries, food samples from more than 20 of Denver’s best restaurants as well as music and dancing. 
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DENVER ZOO BABY TAPIR CAN NOW BE SEEN BY GUESTS! 

Calf Ventures into Outdoor Yards of Toyota Elephant Passage

June 6, 2014
Denver Zoo’s new baby tapir Baku (BAH-koo) has begun venturing into his outdoor space at Toyota Elephant Passage. The endangered month-old calf can be seen with his mother usually in the mornings, weather permitting. Although the youngster kept close to mom on his first day out June 5, he did venture into the water for a quick swim on this beautiful summer day.
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DENVER ZOO CELEBRATES BIRTH OF MANED WOLF PUPS

Pups may be visible as mother carries them from den to den

May 23, 2014
Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of three maned wolf pups, which were born on May 1. The unnamed triplets, made up of two males and one female, were born to mother, Adrianna, and father, Inigo, and are the first of their species to be born at the Zoo since 2009.
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DENVER ZOO SUMMER ACTIVITIES KICK-OFF MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

CONNECT, EXPLORE AND PLAY THIS SUMMER AT THE ZOO

May 22, 2014
Memorial Day Weekend kicks off an exciting summer season at Denver Zoo including special activities, shows and demonstrations from May 24 through September 1.
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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES NEW CLOUDED LEOPARD CUB FROM SMITHSONIAN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY INSTITUTE

CUB ARRIVES VIA FRONTIER AIRLINES TO ACCLIMATE WITH DENVER ZOO CUBS IN SUPPORT OF CONSERVATION

May 19, 2014
Denver Zoo welcomed the addition of a new, female clouded leopard cub this weekend to encourage successful breeding later in life. The unnamed cub was born on April 10 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), a veterinary and reproductive research center headquartered in Front Royal, Virginia. She arrived at Denver Zoo on Saturday, May 17 on a Frontier Airlines flight, accompanied by a Denver Zoo keeper and staff member.
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