Denver Zoo Announces ‘Down Under’ Habitat Opening in 2023

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The Australian and New Zealand-themed habitat is set to open in summer 2023 at the former Bird World site and surrounding area, the zoo said.

DENVER — Nearly two and a half years later denver zoo closed its former Bird World exhibit, it announced plans for the space on Tuesday.

The Zoo plans to open a Australia and New Zealand themed habitat called “Down Under” which will encompass the former Bird World site and the surrounding area on the south side of the zoo. The habitat is expected to open in the summer of 2023.

“The closure of Bird World in 2019 presented us with an incredible opportunity to create better habitats for our animals and experiences for our guests,” Bert Vescolani, president and CEO of Denver Zoo, said in a statement. hurry. “‘Down Under’ will give us the unique opportunity to tell a story about a region that shares many climatic and environmental similarities with Colorado, and to inspire wildlife-friendly behavior change in our community.”

> Video above: After 45 years, Bird World at the Denver Zoo is closing, aired September 9, 2019.

Demolition of Bird World is underway and construction of “Down Under” will begin this summer, the zoo said.

The nearly 2-acre habitat will have landscaping that mimics the ecosystems of Australia and New Zealand. At the heart of the habitat will be a wallaby walk-through area and the zoo’s first “conservation station,” which will allow visitors to practice conservation knowledge, according to the zoo.

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The zoo said it is building relationships with Indigenous colleagues and collaborators to incorporate the role of Indigenous knowledge and practices regarding native species and ecosystems.

The Denver Zoo supports conservation and wildlife rescue programs in Australia and New Zealand. The zoo said that since 2018 it has supported the Kea Conservation Trust, which works to conserve endangered parrot species native to New Zealand.

In addition to “Down Under”, the zoo is building a new habitat for its Chilean and American flamingos, which is also scheduled to open in 2023.

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