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By Alexa Schwartz, Denver Zoo Teen Volunteer

The Bison project in the Rocky Mountain West is a long-term, experimental study working to document the impact of raising bison versus cattle on the Great Plains ecological system. Denver Zoo works with Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge (a bison ranch), and Quintana Ranch (a cattle farm), in New Mexico, where Denver Zoo staff and volunteers track and document native plant and animal species within the different farms.

Denver Zoo Team Discovers Potentially Life-Threatening Fungus on Lake Titicaca Frogs

By Amy Levine, Denver Zoo Director of Conservation Biology

Earlier in April, Denver Zoo shared a free viewing of the film “Girl Rising.” The film highlights the stories of nine girls living in the developing world, striving to reach beyond their circumstances and overcome nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams. The Zoo felt it was important to share this film, as it reflects our dedication to helping women and children in an effort to support wildlife.

By Katie Peterson, Denver Zoo Education Keeper

The month of March was full of so many exciting personal firsts for me! First time driving eight hours on my own, first time seeing a wild badger and a wild bob cat, first time working as a field research assistant, and my first time observing prairie dog breeding behavior! All of these exciting firsts are thanks to being a member of John Hoogland’s 2014 Prairie Dog Squad.

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! 

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. 

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.

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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