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    4 Komodo dragons hatched in December and are now on exhibit in the nursery of Tropical Discovery.

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    Yes! We always need more baby Komodo dragons.
     
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    Komodo dragon babies are so cute!
     
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    Denver Zoo just released an article titled “7 Questions with Bert Vescolani” the CEO of a few months now. In it, we get some more details on the next few projects for the zoo.

    First, in a few weeks, a new vet hospital will break ground. Then, the focus will be on renovating the former polar bear habitat for the grizzly bears which has already started.

    After that, he talks about the next few years and the plan after bears.

    This is the first mention of a timeline for the African portion of the master plan. This is interesting as it was previously thought that the Coastal area would be next with renovations for sea lions in tandem with the polar bear exhibit renovations. Now it looks like that portion of the Coastal area will be set aside for later. Makes sense as when I visited in December, they were finishing brand new shade structures over the sea lion and seal pools. It would seem silly to tear those down right after. Those seem like fixes for now and a full renovation will happen further along the road after Africa.

    Here’s a link to the master plan which was finished in 2015 and passed by the Denver city council last year.
     
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    I bet they might of delayed the coastal project because of the low population of polar bears in zoos I think.
     
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    When is it going to start?
     
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    Vet hospital will begin construction in a few weeks. Old polar bear exhibit is currently being renovated for the grizzly bears. The area to the west of Predator Ridge will be redone as an African plains exhibit in the next few years. No completion date for any of those projects yet.
     
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    What animals will be in the African plains exhibit?
     
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    Candidate species include black rhino, giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, okapi, bongo, ground hornbills, storks, vultures, waterfowl, and cranes.
     
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    That’s good. Although I wish the zoo would bring in a new male to breed with Nikita.
     
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    Sorry to hear about the giraffe.
     
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    A female lesser kudu named Winifred was born on Feb 5th

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