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By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is an old favorite, Walter, Denver Zoo’s American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos). Since Walter is not cold tolerant, he used to live behind the scenes in the bird propagation building during winter months, but now, Walter has a new home at the pachyderm building, next to hippo, Mahali. In the summer, he lives in Monkey Island and remains there for the warmer months of the year.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Denver Zoo is unquestionably a magical place where creativity abounds. Fueled by age-appropriate educational programs and outings, children can step into a world filled with exotic animals they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to see or learn about.

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Lamon, a male Rothschild’s peacock pheasant (Polyplectron inopinatum). Lamon lives in the Aquatics habitat in Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Most people choose to spend their birthday enjoying a nice dinner with friends and family – not jumping into freezing water. Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to do on my birthday, February 27, to support two great causes. On that day, I will be among the first “plungers” when Denver Zoo hosts the Special Olympics Colorado’s (SOCO) Polar Plunge, and celebrates International Polar Bear Day. The connection between the Special Olympics and polar bears may not seem that evident, aside from the need for cold water, but if you delve a little deeper, it comes down to the need for awareness and advocacy.

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week's feathered friend, Patsy, the Micronesian kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamomina cinnamomina). Patsy is one of three species of kingfisher that live on the islands of Micronesia. Her species originated from the island of Guam, while the other two are located on the islands of Palau and Pohnpei.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

I am preparing to dive into frigid waters for the Polar Plunge next month, in support of an amazing cause that is close to my heart, the Special Olympics Colorado. As I contemplate my lack of preparedness (how does one prepare?), I am reminded of what the event is really about, bringing attention to those with special needs and finding solutions to support them in our community.

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Baby Mike, the Egyptian plover (Pluvianus aegyptius). Baby Mike is a female Egyptian plover, also known as the crocodile bird. She gets her name from one the keepers who assisted with her hatch, as well cared for her until she was an adult. She hatched at Denver Zoos propagation building on April 4, 2012. There, her keeper, Mike, made sure that she had everything she needed to become a healthy adult.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Denver Zoo is a place where many come to escape from the challenges of everyday life. Last month, we hosted a special Zoo Lights party for the young residents of Denver Children's Home that allowed one particular young man to do just that.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

I was very touched by a story I heard recently about a pair of 11-year-old twins who visited the Zoo at the end of December. The interesting thing about their visit was what they held in their hands and intended to do with it.

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Bella Donna, a Blue-crowned laughingthrush (Dryonastes courtoisi). And yes, laughingthrush is actually one word in this case. Blue-crowned laughingthrushes were formerly a subspecies of yellow-throated laughingthrushes (Garrulax galbanus), but split off to their own species. Members of this species have a pale, grey crown opposed to the blue color on the blue-crowned laughingthrushes, but otherwise the two look very similar.

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