Denver Botanic Gardens, Zoo announce grants


Denver Botanic Gardens aims to make non-living collection more accessible

Last month, the Denver Botanic Gardens announced it had received nearly $250,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which it will use to move its non-living collection into the new Freyer-Newman Center for Science, Art and Education building. The grant was awarded through the Museums for America program. The Freyer-Newman Center is set to be completed in 2020, according to a news release from the gardens.

The non-living collections are separated into three categories — natural history, library and art. The natural history collection is made up of dried plants and fungi from the Rocky Mountain Region that helps researchers study biodiversity in the region. The library has rare books and works focused on the natural world, including works by Charles Darwin and Robert John Thornton, according to the news release. The collection is made up of about 25,000 titles. The collection also has botanical stamps as well as seed and nursery catalogs. The Denver Botanic Gardens art collection includes historic and contemporary botanic illustrations.

The Museums for America grant will provide new storage space for the collections within the new Freyer-Newman Center, allowing it to be more accessible to the public.

Denver Zoo receives two grants to forward conservation efforts

The Denver Zoo announced it received two grants from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as part of the Conservation Fund Grant awards. The grants will go toward the Zoo’s conservation efforts for vultures in Botswana and a study on socialization in Asian male elephants, according to a news release. The release did not specify the amounts of the grants.

The Denver Zoo has had a Field Conservation Team in Botswana working with vultures since 2006. The bird population has been decreasing there in large part due to poisoning by humans, the release said. The grant will help the zoo train 40 wildlife professionals how to respond quickly to poisonings.

The Denver Zoo has the largest herd of bachelor Asian elephants in the world, according to the release. While male elephants were previously thought of as solitary creatures, new research shows they may interact in small groups in the wild. The Denver Zoo hopes to study how these animals interact in human care and in the wild. The zoo will start by introducing its new male Asian elephants to the three males living there now.


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