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DENVER – The sign at the Denver Zoo entrance symbolizes the start of an animal-packed adventure July 21, 2012.  The zoo was started in 1896 with the small, orphaned black bear named Billy Bryan as its first resident, according to the official website.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

DENVER – The sign at the Denver Zoo entrance symbolizes the start of an animal-packed adventure July 21, 2012. The zoo was started in 1896 with the small, orphaned black bear named Billy Bryan as its first resident, according to the official website. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

DENVER – A hyena sleeps soundly against the glass wall of its enclosure at the Denver Zoo July 21, 2012.  The hyena lives in a part of the zoo known as Predator Ridge; a $16.5 million exhibit designed to recreate a portion of Samburu National Reserve in Kenya, according to the official website.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

DENVER – A hyena sleeps soundly against the glass wall of its enclosure at the Denver Zoo July 21, 2012. The hyena lives in a part of the zoo known as Predator Ridge; a $16.5 million exhibit designed to recreate a portion of Samburu National Reserve in Kenya, according to the official website. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

DENVER – A lizard lazily lays along a tree branch at the Denver Zoo July 21, 2012.  The zoo is home to 188 species that are considered to be threatened or endangered, while three species are actually extinct in the wild.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

DENVER – A lizard lazily lays along a tree branch at the Denver Zoo July 21, 2012. The zoo is home to 188 species that are considered to be threatened or endangered, while three species are actually extinct in the wild. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

DENVER – A monkey at the Denver Zoo goes wide-eyed as it looks across a shallow pond July 21, 2012.  The zoo has nearly 4,000 animals representing 700 species, including exotic animals like amur leopards, king cobras, black rhinos, coral reef fish, elephants, zebras, vampire bats, gorillas and more.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

DENVER – A monkey at the Denver Zoo goes wide-eyed as it looks across a shallow pond July 21, 2012. The zoo has nearly 4,000 animals representing 700 species, including exotic animals like amur leopards, king cobras, black rhinos, coral reef fish, elephants, zebras, vampire bats, gorillas and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

DENVER – A zebra strolls across its enclosure at the Denver Zoo July 21, 2012.  The zoo expanded to an 80-acre wonderland through a cooperative agreement between the city of Denver, the Denver Zoological Foundation and a multitude of generous donors during the 1950s.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

DENVER – A zebra strolls across its enclosure at the Denver Zoo July 21, 2012. The zoo expanded to an 80-acre wonderland through a cooperative agreement between the city of Denver, the Denver Zoological Foundation and a multitude of generous donors during the 1950s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

DENVER – A stand of flamingos occupy a rock in their lagoon-like habitat at the Denver Zoo July 21, 2012.  The zoo accommodates approximately 1.6 million visitors annually, according to the official website.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

DENVER – A stand of flamingos occupy a rock in their lagoon-like habitat at the Denver Zoo July 21, 2012. The zoo accommodates approximately 1.6 million visitors annually, according to the official website. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

DENVER – A lorikeet eats nectar from a women’s hand at the Denver Zoo July 21, 2012.  The zoo strives to facilitate interaction between visitors and its animals as an initiative to raise conservation-based awareness, according to the official website.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

DENVER – A lorikeet eats nectar from a women’s hand at the Denver Zoo July 21, 2012. The zoo strives to facilitate interaction between visitors and its animals as an initiative to raise conservation-based awareness, according to the official website. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Bored on Buckley? The Denver Zoo is in the spotlight this week giving visitors an opportunity to get out and see some exotic animals.

The zoo offers more than 80 acres of sprawling exhibits featuring approximately 4,000 animals consisting of 700 species. Animals include everything from lions, tigers and bears to komodo dragons, kangaroos and elephants. Of these species at the Denver Zoo, 188 are considered to be threatened or endangered, while three species are extinct in the wild.

The zoo is located 35 minutes from Buckley and is available to the public. For more information, check out the Denver Zoo's official website at www.denverzoo.org.
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