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By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Spirit. Spirit is a blue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna) or if you prefer - blue-and-gold macaw. Macaws are members of the parrot family. Spirit is at least 14 years old but her exact age is unknown as she was a donation to Denver Zoo in 2000. She has a strong relationship with her keepers as well as her best friend Gulliver, a green-winged macaw, who came with her as part of the same donation.

This summer Denver Zoo will host the silver anniversary celebration of Do At The Zoo, presented by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. As we prepare to honor 25 years of this successful fundraiser we have enjoyed looking back at some of our favorite memories. For today’s Throwback Thursday, the Zoo is honoring long-time zoo resident, Bert the hippopotamus. In 1990, the inaugural year of Do At The Zoo, at 34 years of age Bert fathered his 20th calf, a male named Sarge, and was the oldest resident at Denver Zoo.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

By Molly Maloy, Youth and Teacher Programs Coordinator, Education Department

Spring is here and that means it is time for Denver Zoo’s Botswana conservation education team to pack our duffels and head to Botswana again! Summer is coming to an end in Botswana, so it is hot and the wildlife can often be found resting under large acacia trees. Unfortunately for us, there will be little rest, as this trip will be another busy one for me and my project partner, Erin Stotz. We have a lot to accomplish and only two weeks to do it all! 

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Meet this week’s feathered friend - Big Irv, a Cinereous vulture (Aegypius monachus) that lives with his mate in the Nurture Trail in the yard closest to Lorikeet Adventure.

By Charlotte Bassin, Design & Interactive Manager

By Lori O’Day, Youth and Teacher Programs Coordinator (Camps)

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Castor, a 20-year-old Komodo dragon that lives at Denver Zoo, has been moving around a little easier recently thanks to the healing hands of a skilled animal physical therapist. Zookeepers had noticed that when they cleaned Castor’s area in Tropical Discovery there were fewer tail tracks in the dirt, an indication he wasn’t moving around as much. He was also spending considerably more time in his pool than he used to, perhaps to relieve pressure in his joints.

Two Denver Zoo employees, along with a long-time zoo supporter, rode their bikes yesterday in a 109 kilometer tour (67.7 miles) in South Africa to raise money to build a vulture restaurant in Botswana at the Wildlife Research Base in Ghanzi.  The trio participated in the 35th Annual Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour, one of the world’s largest one-day road races. 

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