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

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. Vice President for Conservation Biology Dr. Richard Reading received two and Mongolia Program Director Ganchimeg Wingard received one, primarily for their efforts at the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve.

Molimo can now be seen on exhibit near Toyota Elephant Passage

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.

Denver Zoo partners with Nuggets to give back to the community

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). Thursday, November 20 was a free day at the Zoo – made possibly by SCFD support – and Zoo guests were selected at random for a surprise, behind-the-scenes tour accompanied by players from the Nuggets, including JaVale McGee, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and Jusuf Nurkic. 

Guests may visit Jilin at his exhibit in Toyota Elephant Passage
 

New lioness to join Sango and Sabi in young pride

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.

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

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

Zoo offers online discount for guests to avoid long lines 

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.

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

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.

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. The PBI Climate Alliance program brings together key staff members at organizations that are leading the effort in their communities to reduce CO2. Denver Zoo, which is part of PBI’s network of Arctic Ambassador Centers, selected Hale and Peters based on their past outreach and community involvement. They will join fourteen other zoo professionals from across the U.S., Canada, Austria, and Denmark. 

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