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Asian Tropics Exhibit Denver Zoo

Greetings all,

For our anniversary Susan and I visited the new exhibit at the Denver Zoo: Toyota Elephant Passage (originally called Asian Tropics).  It wasn’t as large as anticipated and there was no walking bridge to view the animals (also anticipated) but it was a real treat.  The space is much like Predator Ridge (opened at the zoo in 2004) in that animals from a similar area (the Asian tropics) rotate through different outdoor environments giving the visitor (and animals) a taste of a more natural setting.  They’ve included a 2-mile walking path the big animals can utilize and ropes that allow acrobatic gibbons to cross paths directly above visitors.  Cool!  Also there is a lot of color and natural beauty.  (Some cultural additions such as an Asian village coping with sharing homes with animals either wasn’t completed or opened – though perhaps we just didn’t find it.)  I highly recommend the exhibit but you need to make reservations in advance — it’s free but you still need to pay to get into the zoo unless you’re members.  (We’ve been Denver Zoo members for years). Below are a few photos.

(Reminder for those in Laramie, there will be an exhibit of some of my East Africa photos and a reception at Artisans’ Gallery Saturday, August 11th from 3-4 pm.)

More soon … Cheers!

Entrance  with prayer flags – Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, Denver Zoo

Sarus Crane – Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, Denver Zoo

Cascade and pond – Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, Denver Zoo

Lotus and bamboo pond  – Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, Denver Zoo

Indian Rhinoceros – Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, Denver Zoo

Indian Rhinoceros – Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, Denver Zoo

White Cheeked Gibbon (female) – Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, Denver Zoo

Asian Elephant walking path – Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, Denver Zoo

Asian Elephant – Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, Denver Zoo

Island Flying Foxes – Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, Denver Zoo

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