The polar bears at the Denver Zoo will be celebrating International Polar Bear Day on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by getting some special treats and zoo guests can learn how to save their species.
Denver Zoo visitors are invited to celebrate International Polar Bear Day at the Zoo on Thursday, February 27 and find out how they can help save polar bears in the wild. Held in partnership with Polar Bears International (PBI), the day will allow guests to watch polar bears Lee and Cranbeary enjoy a special ice sculpture treat and learn from zookeepers and volunteers about the challenges polar bears face and ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
As an Arctic Ambassador for PBI, Denver Zoo also is challenging visitors to take the Thermostat Challenge. On International Polar Bear Day, February 27, or starting any day they choose, visitors can adjust their thermostat down two degrees to show their commitment to greenhouse gas reduction. They can even pledge to make every day a Polar Bear Day by keeping their thermostat adjusted, insulating their home or taking other steps to save energy.
Visitors can even enter to win a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo’s polar bear exhibit by “liking” the Denver Zoo’s Facebook page and sharing their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
The Dumb Friends League will have two mobile clinics available at Denver Animal Shelter, 1241 W. Bayaud Ave., February 24–25, and is one of four participating metro Denver animal welfare organizations offering reduced or waived fee spay and neuter clinics to the public in support of World Spay Day.
“Our goal in collaborating with other local organizations is to make spay and neuter clinics more accessible to more people,” said Tracy Koss, operations outreach manager at the Dumb Friends League. “As a community, we’re actively working together to combat pet overpopulation, ultimately reducing the number of homeless pets in shelters.”
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To cull our list, we began with the 100 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the U.S., geographic areas designated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget that include cities and their surrounding suburbs. We rated these places based on six metrics. Using data from Moody’s Analytics, we assessed the estimated rates of population growth for 2013 and 2014, year-over-year job growth for 2013, and the rate of gross metro product growth—a.k.a. the economic growth rate–for 2013. We also considered federal unemployment data and median salaries for local college-educated workers, courtesy of Payscale.com. The result is a list of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in America in terms of population and economy.
Denver Zoo is thrilled to welcome what is believed to be the first tawny frogmouth chick to be successfully reared at the zoo. The chick, named Kermit, whose gender is still not known, arrived on January 27. Guests may be lucky and catch a glimpse of the new chick in its home of Bird World, presented by FlyFrontier.com, as it grows and becomes visible as it is brooded by its parents. Zookeepers monitor the chick's weight closely each morning and supplementally feed it as needed.
Zookeepers say the species is somewhat difficult to breed and over the years they struggled with problems such as finding compatible pairs or infertility. Two birds hatched at Denver Zoo in 1996, but they passed away less than two days after hatching.
As their name indicates, tawny frogmouths are known for their wide frog-like mouths, which they use to catch insects and other small animals. They are sometimes mistaken for owls as they have very similar body types, but are actually more closely related to birds like whippoorwills and nightjars. Tawny frogmouths are also masters of disguise. Their beige and brown feathers remarkably resemble the tree branches in which they roost. When they feel threatened they sit perfectly still and rely on their camouflage to hide from predators.
Tawny frogmouths inhabit forests and open woodlands in Australia and Tasmania. Scientists are not sure how many tawny frogmouths exist in the wild. Their greatest threats come from being hit by cars while feeding and exposure to pesticides.