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Happy Prairie Dog Day
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Sure – seems like everyone is celebrating Groundhog Day today – but at iTwixie, we are celebrating our friendship with prairie dogs and cheering for Prairie Dog Day!

Prairie Dogs are friends of iTwixie. We have been celebrating them for years! Why? Well, they are a social, cute keystone species, who many on the prairie see as a nuisance. But they really are the reason why other animals can thrive on the prairies. Without the prairie dogs, many animals would be in danger, along with a bunch of grasses and other plant life. We have been learning about the prairie dog for years, alongside the worldwide expert in prairie dogs, Dr. John Hoogland, and his team from the University of Maryland. We stand with the prairie dog!

So that’s why we cheer on our friends, the prairie dogs! Speak up! Their lives are in danger! So join in and let’s hear it for the groundhog’s cousin, the prairie dog, and celebrate Prairie Dog Day today!

Thank you, Denver Zoo, for thinking of this cool day! This is our 7th year celebrating with you!

Happy Prairie Dog Day!

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Guess this Animal
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Our friends at the Denver Zoo have shared some very special news with us. This adorable southern tamandua is pregnant and the zookeepers think she’ll give birth around March. So stay tuned!

Usually you could see Rio as part of the Denver Zoo’s Education collection, which provides opportunities for up-close, animal encounters for programs like outreach visits and VIP tours. But now that Rio is expecting, she’ll be chilling behind the scenes.
So do you know what Rio is? Check out her features. Notice anything about her face, paws or body that might help you guess?

See if you’re right!

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The Denver Zoo Helps Save Animals
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Did you know that zoos help to save endangered species by helping them have and raise young. Here are a few, new animals that were recently born at the Denver Zoo.  ALL of these animals are endangered:

STEM Challenge: 

1. Try and name the animal in each picture.

2. Where does this animal live in the wild?

Give an answer and YOU WILL WIN a STEM Challenge Achievement!  So give it a try, see how much you know!

Check back next week, on July 2, for the answers!

 

a.

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b.

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c.

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( Photo Credit: the Consortium and the Denver Zoo)

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It’s Spring at the Denver Zoo
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We will give you a few hints and you can see the video, which is way cool. Then you can take iTwixie’s STEM Challenge!

Hints:

1. This animal lives in Africa
2. It’s name means “giraffe-necked” in the Somali language. (This really is a hint for what you will see ;0 )
3. The new baby, Blossom, is not doing what is unique to this animal in the video.

 

So iTwixie’s STEM Challenge is to tell iTwixie the unique trait of this very interesting creature! Be the first iTwixie girl to find it and Win iTwixie’s STEM Challenge for MEGA March.

Next week on Tuesday, April 2, we will announce the winner of the challenge.

(Special Thanks to our friends at the Denver Zoo for the photo and the video!)

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