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Denver Zoo is deeply saddened to announce the death of “Rajah,” a 17-year-old male South African lion. He was the last surviving member of the first group of lions to move to Benson Predator Ridge upon its opening in 2004. The Zoo’s animal care and veterinary teams had been treating Rajah for a variety of age-related issues for several years. After witnessing a significant decline in his condition over the last few weeks, they made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize the elderly lion on the morning of Tuesday, August 25. The median life span of lions in zoos is 16.8 years, while lions in the wild live about 15 years.

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

Charlotte Greenie becomes new mate for male sloth, Elliot

A new, female Linnaeus's (li-NEE-us) two-toed sloth is calling Denver Zoo home. Since arriving in early June from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Ohio, 19-year-old “Charlotte Greenie” can now be seen by guests in the Aquatics Room of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines, where she is joined by her new mate, 24-year-old Elliot. This animal is sure to delight guests with her laid back attitude.

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

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

Second Annual Award Honors Couple for Unwavering Support and Leadership 

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. Although these efforts prolonged his quality of life, this week he showed severe difficulty moving his back legs causing animal care and veterinary staff to make the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him on the morning of Thursday, July 8 at Denver Zoo.

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

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.

Event to Support Education Initiatives, While Giving Back to Teachers

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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