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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.

by Jennifer Preusser, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

This week’s feathered friend is a crowd favorite: peafowl. 

The peafowl are new to our flighted bird demonstration called “Winging It.” There are three chicks that star in the demonstration and they are named Sweet Pea (pictured), Garbanzo and Ham Sandwich. Sweet Pea and Garbanzo are both girls and Ham Sandwich is a boy. Garbanzo is the last bird in the video and is the sweetest peachick in temperament.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Imagine being best friends with a 400+ pound gorilla. I wouldn’t recommend trying it in the wild, but you may get the opportunity to do it right here at Denver Zoo, if you are in the right place at the right time. We are always looking for ways to spontaneously enhance our guests’ experience during their visit and our awesome primate keepers recently introduced a way to combine our animal training program and guest engagement efforts.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Today we honor the men and women who have served, or are still serving, in our armed forces. I would like to share with you a story of a soldier, deployed in the Middle East, who found a connection to his home through the Denver Zoo.

By Jennifer Preusser and Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keepers

In honor of last weekend’s Halloween festivities, this week’s feathered friend is Poe, the green wood hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus), named after writer Edger Allan Poe. The five-year-old lives with his daughter inside of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

By Shannon Block, President/CEO

Hopefully, during a visit to Denver Zoo, you were able to see one of our many animal demonstrations. Whether it was the California sea lions waving a flipper in greeting, or the maneuvers of the animals in our Wildlife Show, these behaviors are the result of our premier animal training program


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