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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.

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is Sue the hamerkop (Scopus umbretta), who came to Denver Zoo in 2014 with her mate, George, from San Diego Zoo. They live in the Rainforest Room of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. You can distinguish George from Sue because of his interesting “hairstyle.” Like his namesake from Seinfeld, he has a balding pattern of missing feathers on top his head. Sue has distinctive white “eyebrows” or feathers that set her apart in looks.

By Anna Taugher, Denver Zoo Horticulturist

When you think of Colorado, what images come to mind? Most likely, they include mountain lions, big horn sheep and bears (oh my!), of course, in the picturesque setting of steep Rocky Mountains and evergreen trees.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Have you ever seen a wild horse? I’m not talking about the stallions that gallop across the ranges of North America. They are actually the feral descendants of domesticated horses. What I’m referring to here is the Przewalski's horse, pronounced “sheh-VAL-skee’s,” which is the only truly wild horse in existence. And, it has a very interesting story—it was once extinct.

By Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing D Reverend, the green-naped pheasant pigeon (Otidiphaps nobilis nobilis) and new resident here at Denver Zoo. D Reverend is a little over 1 year old. He is a popular resident of the Rainforest Room, since he is so active and frequently moves around the room, coming very close to people. He is joined by another green-naped pheasant pigeon named Myrtle. You can recognize D Reverend by his orange colored band.

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.

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