2020 in Review

December 15, 2020 2020 in Review Celebrating the Many Ways Our Donors Buoyed the Zoo Through an Unusual Year 2020 was an unprecedented year filled with uncertainties, unknowns and unexpected triumphs. You, our unwavering donors, proved your love and loyalty to Denver Zoo in more ways than one. From supporting our Emergency Fund, to partying … Continued

Flocking to Help

Denver Zoo Has Joined an International Effort to Rescue and Rehabilitate More Than 1,800 Flamingo Chicks and Unhatched Eggs

Baby Tapir

Denver Zoo staff share personal stories about why they are called to work at Denver Zoo. Curator of Carnivores and Primates Becca McCloskey and Veterinarian Dr. Gwen Jankowski share how they sprung into action to rescue a baby tapir who was born with the birth sack still intact, including how they used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to rescue the baby. For Becca and Gwen, this isn’t just a job…it’s a calling!

Radiated Tortoise Rescue

Denver Zoo’s Sean Ploysa, a carpenter in the maintenance department, and Max Maloney, a keeper and reptile expert in Tropical Discovery, just returned from Madagascar where they utilized their respective skills to aid in the rescue efforts of nearly 11,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises that were discovered by local police. The tortoises were most like collected for sale on the illegal pet market in Southeast Asia. The Madagascan government was in dire need of assistance to triage and care for the tortoises, and called upon Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) for help. Although TSA manages several rescue centers in Madagascar, they needed additional aid to save and rehabilitate such an enormous number of animals, and reached out to fellow Association of Zoos & Aquarium (AZA) members to join the rescue mission.