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By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Lucy, the African pygmy goose (Nettapus auritus). Lucy is nine years old and lives in the third room inside of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. This room is known as the Jungle Exhibit and is considered a multi-species exhibit. Lucy lives with seven other species of bird. Lucy can be shy and secretive but she loves to be in her pool but will often hide under the log that hangs over. You may also see her under some of the plants in the room near the pool.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Looking forward to high school graduation is an exciting time for students. It is never too early to begin thinking of all the career possibilities available and exploring different avenues to achieve their goals. I believe that immersion is the best way to learn and discover your passions. When you love what you do, success is sure to follow.

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

I have always believed in the power of collaboration and higher learning. Early in my professional career, I realized that you can't develop all the skills and knowledge you need fast enough on your own. Henry Ford once said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” And, the beauty of learning is that there is no age limit.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day. What, you may ask, is that and why should I care? Well, if you are looking for an easy and convenient way to support Denver Zoo with a year-end tax-deductible gift, then Colorado Gives is your best bet.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

December, already? It seems like I was just wearing short-sleeved shirts and enjoying our beautiful Colorado summer. It’s amazing to me how quickly the months go by. Soon, we’ll be ringing in the New Year. But before the confetti flies and the ball drops, there are still some important things we should all contemplate.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

A definite perk of my job is that I continually learn a lot of interesting animal facts. Did you know that a sloth spends the majority of its life upside down? Or no two zebras have the same markings? And here is a good one, 2008 was the Year of the Frog. I know that seems a bit esoteric, but it does have significance in light of what happened at Denver Zoo last week.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Today, many of us will gather with families and friends to share a meal and express gratitude for our many blessings. There are Thanksgiving traditions that have passed down through the many generations of my family and some that I’ve started as new traditions.

By Jessica Leckrone and Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keepers

This week’s feathered friend is also our newest tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides), Brittawny, also nicknamed “Chicken Pressernicken.” Her nickname comes from the noises she makes that sound like a chicken and a funny mash-up of keeper names. This is the fifth chick for the parents, dad Nangkita and mom Adelaide.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

As Thanksgiving approaches, I envision the turkey as it roasts to perfection, seasoned stuffing hot from the oven, tart cranberry sauce and savory sweet potato pie topped with whipped cream. My mouth starts to water in anticipation.

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