When the coronavirus pandemic first closed the gates to the Denver Zoo, CEO Bert Vescolani said even the animals noticed the crowds were gone.
“You walked through the zoo and they were, ‘Where is everyone? What’s going on?’” Vescolani said. “They provided a lot more attention to all of us that were at the zoo trying to keep an eye on a place.”
While the animals curiously met their new reality, Vescolani remembers those early days of the shutdown were filled with uncertainty.
“It was scary,” he said. “It was sad. It didn’t feel very good to not have this public organization open to the public. We felt that nature is pretty resilient in many ways, and if we can learn from that we’ll be good.”