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By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Say hello to Myrtle, a 19-year-old, green-naped pheasant pigeon (Otidiphaps nobilis nobilis), and long-time resident here at Denver Zoo. She is a regular attraction in the Rainforest room of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. Myrtle has been at the Zoo since 1995.

By Sue Peters, Denver Zoo Polar Bear Keeper

I was able to celebrate my birthday while at Churchill on October 28. What an awesome place to spend it! We finally saw ice that day! It’s what was referred to as “grease ice” up here, which is the first stage to the bay freezing over. Hopefully there will be a continuing trend of cold, otherwise it melts and the process starts all over again.

By Sue Peters, Denver Zoo Polar Bear Keeper

By Jessica Meehan, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Before working at the Zoo I was a stay-at-home, freelancing mom. I did much the same as I now do as an employee at Denver Zoo – web design, graphic design and photography. But, of course, I also had two small children to care for and amuse all day. That’s why our family became Zoo members before my first daughter was even toddling.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Jessi Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Stella, a 15-year-old rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros). She lives with her mate, Saint, a 16-year-old male in the Treetops exhibit in the middle of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. Rhinoceros hornbills are one of the largest of the hornbill species. The word "rhinoceros" is of Greek origin "rhino," meaning "nose," and "ceros," meaning "horn." Therefore, the Rhinoceros Hornbill's name means, "Nose Horn Hornbill!"

By Molly Maloy, Denver Zoo Graduate Programs Coordinator

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Hochi, a red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis). 

The red-crowned crane is native to the wetlands of Japan, China, Russia, Mongolia and Korea. Some cultures consider this species to be a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity. While folklore believes that they live 1000 years, in actuality they live 50 to 70 years under human care. Red-crowned cranes stand about five feet tall, weigh 15 to 22 pounds and have a wingspan of about eight feet. 

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