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Denver Zoo is deeply saddened to announce the death of "Tawny," a 15-year-old female South African lion. After conducting emergency exploratory surgery, Denver Zoo vets found several critical health issues from which Tawny would not be able to recover. Veterinary staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize her during the procedure on Wednesday, February 27 at Denver Zoo.

"This is always so difficult. We've had Tawny in our family since the opening of Predator Ridge in 2004. She was an excellent mom and guests voted her Mother of the Year in 2005," says Denver Zoo Curator of Large Mammals Hollie Colahan. "She was a wonderful animal and we will miss her very much."

Guests Who Wear White on February 27 Will Also Receive Buy One, Get One Free Admission 

Denver Zoo is encouraging the public to bundle up for polar bears. In celebration of International Polar Bear Day on Wednesday, February 27, the zoo and Polar Bears International invite people to take the "Thermostat Challenge" by turning down the temperature in their home by two degrees to preserve polar bear habitat. Guests can further show their support on the day by wearing white to the zoo and receiving buy one, get one free admission. 

42-Year-Old Elephant from Fort Worth Zoo Joins Longtime Resident Dolly 

Denver Zoo's new Asian elephant, Kimbo, can now be seen by guests to Denver Zoo in the parlor of the Clayton F. Freiheit Elephant House in Toyota Elephant Passage. Kimbo, a 42-year-old female, arrived from Fort Worth Zoo in December and spent the last couple months getting acquainted with her new state-of-the-art indoor quarters while she cleared a mandatory quarantine process. 

Zoo's Largest Fundraiser Takes Form Under Magner's Leadership 

Community fundraiser Katie Magner is supporting Denver Zoo by serving as Chair for the 2013 Do At The Zoo gala set for June 20, 2013. This year guests of the zoo's largest fundraiser and Denver's favorite summer party will support the zoo's groundbreaking sustainability programs. 

Wild Summer Camp Includes Animal Study, Environmental Challenges and Zoo Careers

Calling all Zooper Heroes! Registration for the Denver Zoo's Summer Safari camp begins January 29. The wildest summer camp in town is a fun-filled educational experience for animal lovers from Pre-K through 8th grades. Campers participate in hands-on activities, zoo exploration, animal encounters and observations, crafts, games, stories, projects, and more. Camps run weekly from June 3 through August 9. To meet the registration challenges resulting from high demand, the zoo will be rolling out registration over the course of seven days beginning at 7 a.m. on January 29.

Visitors Can See Him in his Habitat Now!

A new male red panda has arrived at Denver Zoo as a suitable mate for the zoo's lone female, Daisy. Chewbacca, a 6-year-old, comes from the Detroit Zoo to continue Denver Zoo's successful conservation of the species. He spent the holidays behind-the-scenes, but now visitors can see him exploring his outdoor habitat. 

42-Year-Old Elephant from Fort Worth Zoo to Join Longtime Resident Dolly

Kimbo, a 42-year-old, female Asian elephant from Fort Worth Zoo arrived safely at Denver Zoo last night and is getting acquainted with her new state-of-the-art indoor quarters inside Toyota Elephant Passage. She is the first new female elephant to move into the exhibit and will eventually join longtime resident elephant Dolly as a herd mate. Weather permitting; guests will be able to see Kimbo in late January after she clears a mandatory month-long quarantine process.

Visitors Can Now See Triplets During Temporary Stay, Weather Permitting

The pitter patter of little paws can be heard at Denver Zoo's Predator Ridge exhibit with the arrival of three lion cubs from the Royal Family of Qatar. The trio, made up of males, Tsavo and Enzi, and female, Sabi, were born June 24, 2012 and will likely only live at Denver Zoo temporarily until permanent homes are determined. Weather permitting; visitors can see the triplet cubs in Predator Ridge during the next few months of their temporary stay.

22nd Annual Event Features New Layout, Cultural Celebrations & Yesterday's Zoo Train Ride 

Guests of Denver Zoo's Zoo Lights, Presented By Your Neighborhood Toyota Stores, will experience the event in a whole new light this year. In addition to featuring a brand new layout, the 22nd annual celebration, running nightly November 30, 2012-January 2, 2013, from 5:30-9 p.m., will celebrate cultural traditions, introduce a special train ride and illuminate the zoo's newest exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage, with lanterns.

Well-Known Animal was Star of Denver Zoo's Sea Lion Show

"Gidget," a 27-year-old California sea lion and beloved star of the zoo's sea lion show passed away on October 31. The elderly sea lion was having great difficulty moving and was refusing food and medication. Having lost her quality of life, Gidget was humanely euthanized.

"Gidget was a very charismatic animal that charmed millions of guests over the years at our sea lion show. She loved working with her keepers and awing guests with her swimming and agility. We are deeply saddened by this loss. She was adored by everyone that had the pleasure of meeting her," says Denver Zoo President/CEO Craig Piper.


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