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Zoo prepares for “Squish the Squash” event on October 18

Denver Zoo visitors can take their picture with an elephantine-sized pumpkin at this weekend’s Fall Festival, on October 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A week later, on Saturday, October 18, the 400-pound pumpkin will be pulverized by one of the Zoo’s Asian elephants in a Zoo Halloween season tradition, the “Squish the Squash” demonstration.

Denver Zoo’s Director of Safety and Sustainability Jennifer Hale and Zookeeper Sue Peters will travel to the tundra near Churchill, Canada, in early October for a week-long Climate Alliance training sponsored by Polar Bears International (PBI), a conservation group. The PBI Climate Alliance program brings together key staff members at organizations that are leading the effort in their communities to reduce CO2. Denver Zoo, which is part of PBI’s network of Arctic Ambassador Centers, selected Hale and Peters based on their past outreach and community involvement. They will join fourteen other zoo professionals from across the U.S., Canada, Austria, and Denmark. 

Public can enter to win $500 flight voucher from Frontier Airlines in naming contest

Award recognizes Toyota Elephant Passage Education Program 

 

Award recognizes Toyota Elephant Passage Education Program 

 

Denver Zoo was awarded The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Significant Achievement in Education Award for its Toyota Elephant Passage Education Program. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in educational program design, judging programs on their ability to promote conservation knowledge, attitudes and behavior, show innovation, and measure success. Representatives from Denver Zoo accepted the honor at AZA’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

Visitors can see the cubs between 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. daily at Predator Ridge

 

Denver Zoo’s three spotted hyena cubs can now be seen by visitors inside the Pahali Mwana yard within the Zoo’s Predator Ridge exhibit. The trio, made up of females Nia (NEE-yah) and Tavi (TAH-vee), and male Kelele (keh-LAY-lay), just cleared their mandatory quarantine period after arriving from other locations a month ago. They are all doing great and visitors can see them now daily from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Summer Programs Also Wrap Up Sept. 1 Again

 

It’s going to be a very cloudy Labor Day weekend at Denver Zoo. In celebration of the end of summer, the Zoo’s three, immensely popular clouded leopard cubs; Pi, Rhu and Saya, will be out for most of the day, Saturday through Monday, with plenty of enrichment to play with inside their yard in Toyota Elephant Passage. For many, this might be the last chance to see the cubs as all three will leave for other zoos by around October 1. This is also the last weekend to enjoy the Zoo’s exciting summer shows so guests are encouraged to come and visit one last time for the season.

Anyone having direct contact with bats should contact their medical provider for advice

DENVERA wild bat, not part of Denver Zoo’s collection, found at the zoo’s primate exhibit Aug. 2, has tested positive for rabies. A zoo staff member safely captured the oddly behaving bat and took it to the zoo’s veterinary hospital. The sick bat was humanely euthanized and sent to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for rabies testing.

Trio arrives via Frontier Airlines flights to promote healthy breeding of species

 

Local Suds Safari on September 12 is Expected to Sell Out Again

Buy your tickets now to join Denver Zoo’s suds safari, Brew At The Zoo before it sells out. This popular brew celebration, taking place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 12, will feature more than 40 of Colorado’s finest breweries, food samples from more than 20 of Denver’s best restaurants as well as music and dancing. Proceeds from Brew at the Zoo, now in its 17th year, support the nonprofit’s Denver Zoo Scholarship Fund.

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