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DaVita HealthCare Partners’ executives and their wives to preside over Zoo’s largest annual fundraiser 

Healthcare company DaVita’s top executives, Kent Thiry and Javier Rodriguez, and their wives, Denise O’Leary and Jodi Rodriguez, are excited to serve as co-chairs of Denver Zoo’s 2016 Do At The Zoo gala, set for Thursday, June 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. 

Anadarko sponsors Denver Zoo’s largest fundraiser for the eighth consecutive year

Denver Zoo is thrilled to once again have Anadarko Petroleum Corporation as the presenting sponsor of the annual Do At The Zoo fundraiser, where all proceeds benefit “What We Do At The Zoo,” including science education, global conservation and world-class animal care. Anadarko, which is regionally headquartered in Denver, has been a supporter of Denver Zoo’s largest fundraiser since 2008. This year, the company and many of its employees will join guests at the 27th annual event, slated for Thursday, June 16.

Denver Zoo is very saddened to announce the death of “Robin,” a 40-year-old male orangutan. Robin was humanely euthanized on Friday May 6, after a severe decline in his health. He was the second oldest male orangutan in North American zoos and had exceeded the life expectancy of 27.7 years.

“This has been a particularly hard loss for our staff, volunteers and community. Robin was a warm and engaging animal that was adored by all. He was known to make silly faces to get a reaction from guests. Certainly the world is a lesser place without this beautiful creature,” said says Denver Zoo Senior Vice President for Animal Care and Conservation Brian Aucone.

Denver Zoo is very saddened to announce the death of “Sango,” a 3-year-old male African lion. Sango began having severe seizures a little over a week ago. Animal care and veterinary staff did everything possible to help the lion, performing several full examinations with extensive and intensive treatment. His clinical signs seemed to be, at least in part, due to liver disease, but medications and supportive care did not resolve his liver problems or the seizures. The muscle tremors worsened and became so debilitating that Sango was unable to walk or position himself to drink water. Sango’s condition continued to decline, despite intensive treatment.

Today just before 10 a.m. Denver Zoo staff’s quick and appropriate response ensured a safe outcome when a greater one-horned rhino accessed an animal yard where staff and volunteers were working. Those working in the yard left immediately and safely to a behind the scenes area, closing the gate behind them. Zoo guests were safe at all times as the animal never left its enclosure.

Baby “Whimsie Adepa” is fifth-ever birth of species at Denver Zoo and first in 11 years

Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of a critically endangered western lowland gorilla. The female baby, named Whimsie Adepa (ah-DEEP-ah), was born to mother Tinga (TIN-gah), and father, Jim, just before midnight on February 25. She is the first birth of her species at the Zoo in 11 years and the fifth ever in the Zoo’s history. The second part of her name, Adepa, translates to “good thing” in the Akan (AH-khan) language of Ghana. Guests can see her now at the Zoo’s Great Apes building.

Denver Zoo hires local community leader to manage Public Affairs

Denver Zoo is excited to welcome Tamra Ward to its executive team as the new chief external relations officer. Ward brings more than 25 years of media relations, community engagement and management experience to the table, as well as an impressive resume of leadership positions with many nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she served as the founder and President of Ward & Associates; and President and CEO of Colorado Concern. 

Male, 22-year-old Pachyderm Arrives from Oklahoma City Zoo

Denver Zoo welcomed a 22-year-old, male, black rhinoceros, named Rudy, from Oklahoma City Zoo on Tuesday, February 23. This marks the first time the Zoo has housed the species since the passing of well-known rhino, Mshindi, last September. Short for Rudisha (Rew-DEE-shah), Rudy will reside in the Zoo’s pachyderm building, across from hippopotamus Mahali. This building will be closed temporarily while Rudy becomes accustomed to his new surroundings and clears a mandatory quarantine period. Denver Zoo will announce when guests may visit Rudy in his new home soon.

The Edge and Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea, Will Bring New Exciting Opportunities for Guests

Denver Zoo brings a grand offering to guests in 2016, with a new tiger exhibit, called The Edge opening this summer and a new traveling exhibit, Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea arriving in the fall.

Denver Zoo is deeply saddened to announce the death of “Sally,” a 48-year-old female Sumatran orangutan. Sally had a history of fibroid growths in her abdomen that caused her great discomfort and constipation. After witnessing a significant decline in her condition in the last few weeks and unable to treat her further, the Zoo’s animal care and veterinary teams made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize her on Sunday, January 24. The median life span of Sumatran orangutans in zoos is 28.2 years.


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