SOURCE: Denver Zoo

May 31, 2015 16:24 ET

Denver Zoo Animals Blessed at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church

Non-Denominational, Community Event Was Meant to Celebrate Life and All Animals

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - May 31, 2015) - Some of Denver Zoo's wild residents were blessed this morning by pastors of Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church for a special "Blessing of the WILD Animals" service. Animals from the Zoo's Education Collection were walked to the church's chancel by their handlers in a procession before being blessed as a group. The non-denominational, community event was meant as a celebration of life and all animals, honoring wild animals in particular.

An opossum, tamandua and macaw were just a few of the 10 animals that were blessed at the ceremony. Afterwards, the animals and their handlers then remained to meet and educate the public and pose for pictures. The church's pastors, desiring to celebrate the animals' wildness, hope to make this an annual event.

Though the service was based on similar ones in other parts of the country, the public was asked not to bring their own pets as they would have been disruptive to the Zoo's animals.

About Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo brings education alive, providing a unique learning experience that sparks an interest in the natural world for visitors and program participants alike. Home to 4,300 animals representing more than 600 species, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care.

A leader in green action, Denver Zoo is the greenest zoo in the country and is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species by attaining the highest environmental standards. Since 1996, Denver Zoo has participated in about 600 animal conservation projects in 62 countries on all seven continents.

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