A ‘mini window into the wild’

Denver Zoo has been connecting people to animals for 125 years


The Denver Zoo’s president and CEO, Bert Vescolani, believes that animals have a way of making us humans feel special.

“We want to inspire communities to save wildlife for future generations,” Vescolani said, “and see a world where wildlife thrives.”

The Denver Zoo started out as a place where people could see and learn about the wildlife of the local region. Since then, technology for animal care has advanced, ideas and concepts for exhibits have developed, and efforts such as sustainability, conservation and public education have excelled. Today, the Denver Zoo can boast that it offers its visitors a glimpse into the diversity of wildlife found across the world.

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“Most people won’t get to see these animals in the wild,” Vescolani said. “We’re here to help people understand the importance of these animals.”

Zoos serve as a connector to education and a “mini window into the wild,” said Jake Kubié, director of communications for the Denver Zoological Foundation.

Kubié added that the overarching mission of the Denver Zoo is, quite simply, to connect people to animals.

“We want them to love animals as much as we do.”

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