Monday, May 21, 2012

Inside the new Elephant Passage at The Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo is about to open up Asian Tropics on June 1st. (Technically its name is Toyota Elephant Passage, but Toyota didn't pay me a dime, and it was going to be called Asian Tropics until a few months ago when somebody wrote a check.) As a donor (Jen wrote a check), we got a sneak peak of it this past Sunday. It's pretty cool, I must say. That long tusked gentleman at the top of the page is Groucho, one of two new elephants at the zoo thanks to Asian Tropics.

If that bridge looks sturdy enough for an Elephant to walk across, you're getting the idea. No elephants were taking a bridge stroll on Sunday, but I hope to see it someday.

Apparently, the Denver Zoo now worships Ganesh.

There is cool Elephanty type signage everywhere. They went nuts with the Elephant Artwork.

Everybody loves an Elephant Statue!

Even the bathroom signage is getting in the act.

You can also try on a pair of elephant ears to see if they improve your hearing...

...or your looks.

There is a new Gibbon Island with an area that kids can practice their hanging...
...or their falling.

They do have lots of cool signage, although, I'm not entirely sure what this one is about. As far as I can tell, this sign means no stacking rocks, playing Tetris, simulating Rainbows with your arms, No cat mating, No number 60s, No Dynamite, No kicking wildlife, No Hile Hitler salutes, and no surrounding yourself with very small blocks. Good safety information, there.

This sign makes more sense.

In the spirit of unity and brotherhood, I refrained from collecting firewood.

The new home seems so much nicer than their old one. Mimi and Dolly must be in heaven.

More elephant artwork. They did a good job with the art, I must say.


They have a cool kiosk where if you donated to the project, you can pull up your name...

...or declare your love for elephants.

All in all, it's a pretty cool place!

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