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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 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 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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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES SECOND-EVER ENDANGERED MALAYAN TAPIR BIRTH

CALF TO REMAIN BEHIND THE SCENES WITH HIS MOTHER UNTIL HE IS A LITTLE OLDER

May 7, 2014
Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of an endangered Malayan tapir calf. The male calf, named Baku (Bah-koo), was born to mother, Rinny, and father, Benny, late in the evening on April 29, and is only the second birth of his species at the zoo. Baku will remain behind the scenes in Toyota Elephant Passage while being cared for by his mother until they are comfortable enough to venture outdoors. Until then, visitors can see live, closed-circuit video of Baku on monitors inside Toyota Elephant Passage.
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DENVER ZOO AWARDED $75,000 CHALLENGE GRANT FOR 25TH DO AT THE ZOO EVENT

Every Event Ticket Will Be Matched By The Salah Foundation to Support Conservation Education Initiatives

May 6, 2014
Denver Zoo has been awarded a challenge grant by The Salah Foundation for up to $75,000 in connection with its 25th annual Do At The Zoo event on June 19, presented by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Now through June 1, for every Do At The Zoo ticket purchased, The Salah Foundation will make a donation in the same amount, up to $75,000 total, in support of the Zoo’s conservation education initiatives.
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DENVER ZOO CLOUDED LEOPARD CUBS MEET THE PUBLIC

Visitors can see the cubs now from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily

April 23, 2014
Denver Zoo’s two newborn clouded leopard cubs can now be seen by visitors inside the El Pomar Foundation Village Hall within the Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit. The male and female cubs, Pi and Rhu, were born on March 14.
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DENVER ZOO FIRST TIME RARE STELLER’S SEA EAGLE HATCHLING NOW VIEWABLE

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

April 2, 2014
Denver Zoo is thrilled to welcome the first Steller’s sea eagle chick to be successfully reared at the Zoo. The unnamed chick, whose gender is still not known, hatched on March 4. The chick is currently nesting with and being brooded by its mother in Bird World, presented by Frontier Airlines.
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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES FIRST CLOUDED LEOPARD CUB BIRTHS

Zookeepers will hand raise the twin cubs due to mother’s inexperience

March 27, 2014
Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of two clouded leopard cubs which were born March 14, the first births of their species at the Zoo.  The unnamed cubs, a male and a female, are doing well now after zookeepers began steps to hand-raise them. 
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DENVER ZOO STAFF’S ASSISTANCE SAVES NEWBORN TAMANDUA’S LIFE

Staff Cares For Infant Tamandua As Mother Learns Proper Maternal Behaviors 

March 20, 2014
A newborn tamandua baby is alive and doing well at Denver Zoo thanks to the dedication of zookeepers and veterinarians that are caring for the infant around the clock. On March 7, Southern tamandua Rio gave birth to her first offspring, believed to be female, whom keepers have named Cayenne. 
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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES TWO NEW AFRICAN WILD DOGS

Visitors Can See New Inhabitants Of Predator Ridge Now, Weather Permitting

March 6, 2014
Denver Zoo visitors will notice a couple of new African wild dogs in its Predator Ridge exhibit. The two young sisters, Tilly and Cheza (CHEH-zah) are now exploring the exhibit’s maternity yard after arriving from Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. Zookeepers say they are settling in well and doing great. Visitors can see them now, weather permitting.
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DENVER ZOO CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY, FEBRUARY 27

Polar bears to receive special ice sculpture snack as guests learn how to save their species

February 27, 2014
Denver Zoo visitors are invited to celebrate International Polar Bear Day at the Zoo on Thursday, February 27 and find out how they can help save polar bears in the wild. Held in partnership with Polar Bears International (PBI), the day will allow guests to watch polar bears Lee and Cranbeary enjoy a special ice sculpture treat and learn from zookeepers and volunteers about the challenges polar bears face and ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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RARE OKAPI CALF ONLY SIXTH BIRTH OF SPECIES AT DENVER ZOO

Calf will remain behind the scenes as he becomes more self-sufficient

February 21, 2014
Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of a rare okapi (oh-Kah-pee). The male calf, named Jabari (Jah-bar-ee), was born to mother, Kalispell (Kal-lis-pell), and father, Sekele (seh-Kee-lee), on February 3, and is only the sixth birth of his species at the zoo. Jabari will remain behind the scenes for a short while longer, but visitors will soon be able to see the youngster as he grows and becomes more self-sufficient.
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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES FIRST TAWNY FROGMOUTH HATCHLING

Chick is believed to be the first of its species to successfully hatch at Denver Zoo

February 13, 2014
Denver Zoo is thrilled to welcome what is believed to be the first tawny frogmouth chick to be successfully reared at the zoo. The chick, named Kermit, whose gender is still not known, arrived on January 27. Guests may be lucky and catch a glimpse of the new chick in its home of Bird World, presented by FlyFrontier.com, as it grows and becomes visible as it is brooded by its parents. Zookeepers monitor the chick's weight closely each morning and supplementally feed it as needed.
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DENVER ZOO AND WOODLAND PARK ZOO MAKE FRIENDLY WAGER FOR SUPERBOWL SUNDAY 

"Hurry! Hurry!" Don't Miss Denver Zoo's ½ Off Admission for Fans Wearing Orange through Feb. 1

January 30, 2014
Woodland Park Zoo and Denver Zoo have agreed to a friendly wager as a show of support for their home teams playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2. Should the Broncos bring home the Vince Lombardi trophy after Sunday's win, a curator from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle will hand deliver a case of Washington apples to Denver Zoo's Przewalski's horses (P-horse) and spend a day working with the horses and elephants wearing a Bronco jersey.
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COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER MEREDITH COORS TO SERVE AS DENVER ZOO'S DO AT THE ZOO GALA CHAIR 

Coors Will Preside Over 25th Anniversary of Zoo's Largest Fundraiser

January 24, 2014
Community volunteer Meredith Coors is providing leadership as Chair of the 2014 Do At The Zoo gala, set for June 19. Presented by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, this year the event commemorates its silver anniversary. Guests of the zoo's largest fundraiser and Denver's favorite summer party will support the zoo's general operations and celebrate 25 years of success and improvements. 
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DENVER ZOO MALAYAN TAPIR EXPECTING HER SECOND BIRTH

Zoo veterinarians expect early summer arrival

January 23, 2014
Denver Zoo Malayan tapir Rinny is pregnant and receiving great care from animal and veterinary staff. Zookeepers believe the calf will be born around June after tracking when Rinny and her mate, Benny, were observed breeding. This will not only be the second calf for Rinny, but her species at the zoo as well.
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DENVER ZOO WELCOMES BIRTH OF EXTREMELY ENDANGERED AMUR LEOPARD CUB "SOCHI"

Cub's arrival marks 25 years of Amur Leopards, World's Most Endangered Cat at Denver Zoo

January 16, 2014
Denver Zoo is thrilled to celebrate the birth of a critically endangered Amur (ah-Moor) leopard cub named Sochi, born December 3, 2013. The young male, named for the Russian city hosting this year's winter Olympics, is the tenth birth of his species at Denver Zoo since Amur leopards arrived in 1989, about 25 years ago. After spending time bonding with his mother, Dazma (Dazz-mah), Sochi can now be spotted by zoo guests inside the zoo's Feline Building.
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DENVER ZOO SUMMER SAFARI REGISTRATION BEGINS JANUARY 28

Wild Summer Camp Explores Animals All Around the World

January 16, 2014
It's time to mark your calendars. Registration for Denver Zoo's Summer Safari camp begins January 28! The wildest summer camp in town is a fun-filled educational experience for animal lovers from Pre-K through 8th grades. Campers participate in hands-on activities, zoo exploration, animal encounters and observations, crafts, games, stories, projects and more. Summer Safari camp runs for 10 individual weeks; Monday through Friday, with a new group of campers starting every Monday beginning June 2. To meet the registration challenges resulting from high demand, the zoo will be rolling out registration over the course of seven days beginning at 7 a.m. on January 28.
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DENVER ZOOLOGICAL FOUNDATION SELECTS SHANNON BLOCK AS NEW ZOO CEO 

Block Will Take the Helm of Colorado's Top Cultural Attraction As President/CEO in February

January 10, 2014
After a nationwide search, the Denver Zoological Foundation Board of Trustees has selected Shannon Block to become the next President/CEO of Denver Zoo. As the CEO of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, the largest and most comprehensive provider of cancer care in Colorado, Block brings wide knowledge of strategic planning, business operations and revenue generation to the 117-year-old community jewel, Denver Zoo.
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DENVER ZOO OFFERS HALF-OFF ADMISSION  JAN. 12-FEB. 1 TO BRONCOS FANS SPORTING ORANGE 

Zoo Asks Fans to Pick Which Fanimal Type They Are Via Social Media

January 9, 2014
Denver Zoo will offer half off admission to Broncos fans wearing orange or their favorite Bronco wear on Sunday, January 12 through Sunday, February 1. Guests can enjoy the Zoo and the game with the Zoo opening at 10 a.m. and the game beginning at 2:40 p.m. 
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DENVER ZOO TAMANDUA RECEIVES TOP PRENATAL CARE

Regular ultrasounds indicate birth may happen in March

January 7, 2014
Denver Zoo's southern tamandua Rio is pregnant and receiving top prenatal care by animal and veterinary staff. The normally energetic anteater is taking it easy behind the scenes in the zoo's Gates Animal Housing center as zookeepers tend to her health. After Rio's latest ultrasound, veterinarians now believe she will give birth around March.
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