SOURCE: Denver Zoo

April 17, 2015 15:47 ET

Denver Zoo Visits Colorado State Capitol for "Zoo Day"

Legislators Recognize Most Popular Cultural Institution in State for Impact on Community

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - April 17, 2015) - Denver Zoo and the Zoo's animals were recognized by the Colorado State Legislature today at "Zoo Day at the Capitol," acknowledging the Zoo's immense impact on the region. Legislators met with Zoo staff and their animals during a breakfast at the Old Supreme Court Chambers before the tribute was presented in front of both the House and Senate. In particular, lawmakers touted the Zoo, the most popular cultural institution in the state, for improving the community through free access and educational programming. More than a century since its inception, Denver Zoo has become an international leader in animal care, conservation, education and sustainability.

"We are tremendously honored for today's kind words and appreciation," says Denver Zoo President/CEO Shannon Block. "We are passionate in our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding and want to inspire the next generation of biologists, veterinarians, engineers and zoologists to support this great cause."

Legislators met a handful of animals from the Zoo's Education collection, such as a prehensile-tailed porcupine, a kookaburra and baby African pygmy hedgehogs. They are among the 4,300 animals, representing more than 600 species, which call Denver Zoo home. Many of which are threatened or have become extinct in the wild. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care. Dedicated to saving lives of animals in the wild, Zoo staff members have participated in nearly 600 animal conservation projects in 62 countries, on all seven continents since 1996.

The Zoo is the most visited cultural institution in Colorado and the region, serving about 2 million people a year through zoo visits and outreach education programs. Nearly 70 percent of the Zoo's admission is free or discounted and more than a million guests have visited Denver Zoo for free since 2012.

Striving to bring education alive, Denver Zoo provides a unique learning experience that sparks an interest in the natural world for visitors and program participants alike. The Zoo reaches more than 1,000 schools every year and roughly 215,000 individuals participate each year in Denver Zoo's education programs. For many, this is made possible through the Zoo's Scholarship Fund, which makes it possible for all individuals, no matter their economic circumstances, to discover the wonders of animals through participation in Denver Zoo education programs.

Denver Zoo won the first Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Green Award, ranking the Zoo as the greenest zoo in the country for its outstanding sustainability practices. It is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species by attaining the highest environmental standards.

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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