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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. 

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Denver Zoo Helps Peruvian and Bolivian People Save the Lake Titicaca Frog

By Matt Herbert, Denver Zoo Director of Conservation Education

When you “spring forward” for Daylight Savings time on March 9 we want you to think about frogs! 

Did you know Denver Zoo works with scientists, educators and conservationists in Peru and Bolivia to save the critically endangered Lake Titicaca frog, Telmatobius culeus? 

Denver Zoo’s Curator of Birds John Azua recently returned from a conservation trip to Colombia to support Andean condors in the wild. Here are some notes he shared about his experience:

I traveled with Mike Mace and arrived in Columbia on Monday, February 17. Mike Mace is the curator of birds at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park. He is also the Andean Condor Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinator and my travel partner. I serve as the treasurer for the Andean Condor SSP.

Introducing a new feature on the Denver Zoo blog, Feathered Friend Friday! While this series used to be on our Facebook page, we are excited to move it into our new blog format. This project is led by a zookeeper in our bird department, Jennifer, who has been very dedicated to providing us with excellent information about specific birds that live at Denver Zoo.  She collaborates with other keepers to share her passion for birds with our followers. Thank you Jennifer!

By Sarah Metzer, Denver Zoo Science Program Specialist
Education Representative on Denver Zoo's Polar Bear International Committee

The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) is a phenomenal opportunity to really delve into the world of conservation and get an up-close and personal view of the great work that is being done by Denver Zoo and other conservation efforts around the United States and the World. It was a stroke of luck for me to discover the Advanced Inquiry Program. I have been a lifelong lover of animals. As a gift, my husband got me a behind the scenes tour of the San Diego Zoo. I was so inspired, so in love with the notion of conservation, that when I returned to Denver, I logged onto the Denver Zoo website and read about the Advanced Inquiry Program. I applied the next day.

Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo will receive a case of trout for their sea eagles from Denver Zoo as payment for a wager set on the outcome of the Super Bowl. Denver Zoo Curator of Birds had planned to personally deliver the trout as part of the wager. However, Woodland Park has agreed to alter the original bet to support John’s already planned conservation trip to South America to support Andean condors in the wild.

Happy Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse! Also known as the Lunar New Year it’s one of the largest holidays in Vietnam. There it’s known as Tet and its customary to give calendars as gifts. To celebrate this holiday, and raise awareness of the critically endangered Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys, Denver Zoo has once again funded a conservation education calendar. It highlights these unique endangered primates and raises awareness of their value to the surrounding community.

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