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Third annual award ceremony honors family for continued support

Denver Zoo presented its highest honor, the Crystal Lion Award, to Lee and Dolores Schlessman and the Schlessman Family Foundation at a ceremony on Wednesday, July 27. The Crystal Lion Award honors outstanding individuals, a foundation, or a corporation that has a record of exceptional support, demonstrates a commitment to fulfilling the Zoo’s mission and whose leadership has encouraged others to become involved. The family and their foundation were recognized for their unwavering financial support, time, commitment and engagement to the Zoo since the 1960s.

Zoo offers discounts to celebrate arrival

Denver Zoo’s four new African lion cubs are now visible to guests in the Maternity Den area of Benson Predator Ridge and to make sure everyone has a chance to see them, the Zoo is offering $4 off with a coupon July 29, 30 and 31 from 1- 5 p.m. only. The one-year-old male cubs— Kito, Bahati, Usiki and Jasiri— arrived from Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kansas on July 13. The cubs have deep Denver roots as their father, Razi, was born at Denver Zoo and was sent to Lee Richardson Zoo for breeding.

Zoo embraces “invasive” Pokémon GO species

Now with a special promotion and more game incentives than ever before, Denver Zoo is a must visit stop for Pokémon GO players. Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24, guests who show the Pokémon GO app on their phone at guest services will receive $5 dollars off admission from 1 p.m. until close. In addition to its Poké Stops and training gym, the Zoo will also host Pokémon lures from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Males arrive from Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kansas

Four one-year-old African lion cubs arrived safely at Denver Zoo early Wednesday morning. The male cubs came from Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kansas. The cubs will be in the maternity area of the Predator Ridge exhibit until they become accustomed to their new surroundings and clear a mandatory quarantine period. Denver Zoo will announce when guests may visit the cubs in their new home soon. Fans can follow Denver Zoo on Facebook or Twitter to get photo updates of the cubs from behind the scenes in the meantime (#16paws).

Month-old cubs remain away from public as they bond with mother

Denver Zoo welcomed the birth of two red pandas on June 6. The female cubs, named Lali and Masu, are currently in a nesting box and are being cared for by their mother, Faith. On rare occasion, Zoo guests may see the mother bring the cubs outside the nesting box. However, the cubs will remain mostly behind the scenes until September, when they’re more developed and ready to fully join their father, Hamlet, in the red panda exhibit.

Anika, 6-years-old, recovering well from life-saving abdomen surgery

Denver Zoo's 6-year-old Komodo dragon, Anika, is thriving thanks to the attentive world-class animal care team and their quick action, resulting in the successful completion of a complicated surgery. The surgery was related to issues with the animal’s reproductive system—a complication that a high majority of female Komodo dragons do not survive. After a surgical check-up today, June 28, Denver Zoo is thrilled to announce that Anika is recovering and again in good health.

Zoo Launches New Art Installation, Tiger Exhibit and Train in 120th Year 

A new train for visitors is now running daily at Denver Zoo! The grand opening of the train launches with Denver Zoo’s 120th anniversary, celebrating a history of world-class animal care, conservation and education. 

Denver Zoo hires leader in non-profit field to head Development Department

Denver Zoo is excited to welcome Lance King to its executive team as the new Chief Development Officer. King brings to the Zoo nearly 25 years of experience and leadership in fundraising, nonprofit management, and philanthropic management consulting. Most recently, King has been a consultant to local and national nonprofits regarding their fundraising strategies and operations, following his role as Vice President for Donor Resources at the Gill Foundation.

Triggerfish sculpture previews “Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea,” opening September 24 

Facebook contest winner to win two free tickets to the event


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