Located in City Park in Denver, Colorado, United States, the Denver Zoo is an 80-acre garden (zoological) with a variety of animals. It was established in 1896 and is owned by the City and County of Denver, with a portion of its funding coming from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science is the most widely played site in the metropolitan area.
The Denver Zoo opened its doors in 1893 thanks to the contribution of an orphaned American black bear. With the creation of Bear Mountain, it became the first zoo in the U. S. to use realistic zoo enclosures rather than cages with bars, and it remains the only one to do so today.
With the addition of Primate Panorama, which includes large mesh tents and open areas for apes and monkeys, and Predator Ridge, which includes three separate areas by which the animals are rotated so that their intersecting scents provide environmental enrichment, the park has further developed this concept. Toyota Elephant Passage, which opened on June 1, 2012, is separated into five zones, with each zone housing a different species of elephant.
A member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Denver Zoo is accredited by the (American) Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) (WAZA). AZA Green Award in 2011 and recognition as “Greenest Zoo in the Country” at the World Renewable Energy Forum in 2012 were all granted to the zoo, which had acquired ISO 14001 accreditation by that time. In 2015, it was re-certified for ISO 14001 and received OHSAS 18001 certification, making it only the fourth zoo in the world to attain both certifications at the same time, according to the organization.
Throughout the day, the Denver Zoo provides educational opportunities for visitors, including the Toyota Elephant demonstration ,sea lion demonstration, Predator Ridge demonstration, a variety of programming at both Wildlife Plaza and the Wild Encounters amphitheater, as well as numerous other feedings and demonstrations of various animals and habitats. A few of these events are seasonal, while others (such as the flamingo talk that took place every day during the summer of 2009) highlight specific species that have been raised at the zoo.
After a paid smartphone app called the Denver Zoo Audio Tour became available in 2014, visitors to the Denver Zoo had the option of hearing brief educational presentations about a variety of zoo animals.
The Denver Zoo is a component of Miami University’s Advanced Inquiry Program, which is open to graduate students (AIP). Using online coursework and hands-on experiential learning opportunities at the Denver Zoo, the program provides a Master of Arts in Biology or a Master of Arts in Teaching.
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