It’s March 2008 and my last month of stay in Denver and US. My assignment is going to end by March end, and I’ll be leaving to India by April first week. But I still have a long list of places that I couldn’t visit. So I with my office colleagues planned to visit the Zoo before I leave to India. So we chose the coming weekend, Saturday on 22nd March to visit and explore the Zoo.
Denver Zoo is spread across 80 acre (or 32 hectares), is located in City Park of Denver, Colorado, US, in between of York St, E 23rd Ave and Colorado Blvd. It attracts more than 1.6 million visitors annually. It was opened in year 1896 and owned by the City and County of Denver and funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The Zoo houses around 4500 animals belonging to as many as 613 species from all over the world, including hoofed mammals, carnivorous mammals, primates, pachyderms, birds, reptiles, and fishes. The Major exhibits include Predator Ridge, North Shores, Tropical Discovery, Toyota Elephant Passage, Primate Panorama and Bear Mountain. The Zoo official website is www.denverzoo.org
–> HOURS & ADMISSION PRICING
|SUMMER (Mar-1 to Oct-31)||WINTER (Nov-1 to Feb-28)|
|Admissions Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grounds close at 6 p.m.
Kids 2 and Under – FREE
|Admissions Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grounds close at 5 p.m.
Kids 2 and Under – FREE
TRAIN & CAROUSEL PRICING
Single Ride – $2 (Members), $3 (Non-Members)
Two Rides – $3 (Members), $5 (Non-Members)
10 Ride Punch Card – $15 (Members), $20 (Non-Members)
–> Zoo Entrance:
–> Near Predator Ridge: houses African predators like Lions, Hyenas, African wild dogs, etc. At the center of zoo there were hoofed mammals, like Zebras, Giraffes, Buffalo, etc.
–> Near Northern Shore: houses Polar Bears, Seals, etc. Saw one Polar Bear taking nap at a shade and another ones swimming and enjoying in a pool of cold water.
Polar bears are excellent swimmer and often swim for days. Its body fat provide buoyancy, the bear swims in a dog paddle fashion using its large forepaws for propulsion. They can swim at 10 km/h (6 mph) of speed, walk at 5.6 km/h (3.5 mph), and when sprinting, they can reach up to 40 km/h (25 mph) !!!
–> Some food & stuff: Time for food, had some burgers and salads for fill our stomach. You could also see Peacocks (or Peawolfs) roaming around fearlessly 🙂
–> Rest of the Zoo: After lunch we roam around the zoo whatever time we had. Saw many animals and checked their activities. Went across different sections, like Feline House, Rhino & Hippos, Hoofed mammals, Mountain Sheep, Elephants, Monkey House, Primates Panorama, Birds, rodents, and many more.
Elephant shrews, or jumping shrews are small insectivorous mammals native to Africa. And I found them very cute, as they have a small snout/nose like elephant’s trunk. They feed on invertebrates, like insects, spiders, centipedes, millipedes, and earthworms. They use their nose to find prey and use their tongue to flick small food into their mouth, much like an anteater.
–> Finally at Exit: The long tiring day came to an end and it was time to say good bye to all animals. It was a really good time spent with all these creatures. Hope I visit here again and spent more time observing and learning about them.
Some compilation of pics of Zoo-animals in following video: