SOURCE: Denver Zoo

July 16, 2015 14:01 ET

Denver Zoo Opens "Be a Zookeeper Zone"

New Area to Teach Young Visitors and Parents About Zookeepers and Explore Science of Animal Care

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - July 16, 2015) - Denver Zoo is excited to announce the opening of its “Be a Zookeeper Zone,” an interactive activity area that will allow children ages 2 - 10, and their adults, a chance to learn about zookeepers and explore the science of animal care. Located in the Zoo’s old pachyderm exhibit, next to the hippo yard, the zone will feature three different exhibits and a presentation area to immerse kids in up-close views of education program animals and their personal animal keepers. Daily activities are anticipated through Labor Day. Specific activities will vary day-to-day and schedules will be posted by the exhibit, but below is a list of what guests can expect.

  • A new llama yard will feature two of these South American animals, Fernando and Jorge. Guests will learn about these friendly, familiar animals and how zookeepers take care of them. Staff will also be walking the llamas around the zoo in designated areas and interacting with guests.
  • The Outside Recess habitat will allow staff to provide novel, outdoor experiences to a rotating list of education mammals and birds. Children will relate to their love of recess and how zookeepers give animals similarly enjoyable opportunities.
  • An Interactive Animal Space called the Creative Care Corner will allow children to use their senses to investigate small education animals like guinea pigs and box turtles, and then create enrichment or design temporary habitats to see what these animals prefer. Adult caregivers with their little zookeepers will see how trying new things and observing what happens allows real zookeepers to discover ways to care for Zoo animals in the best ways possible, and spark an interest in how science helps zookeepers every day.
  • Presentations by zookeepers about their work and their animals will be at the heart of this exhibit in a space called Zookeepers in Action. Guests will interact with the llamas' keepers helping them weigh them or possibly help with their brushing. This space will also be used by teen volunteer animal handlers as they highlight Denver Zoo’s excellent animal care to young guests with their 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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