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Denver Zoo named greenest zoo in the country (plus pictures of effing adorable baby animals)

The Denver Zoo is the greenest zoo in the country, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which awarded the zoo its first-ever (and aptly titled) Green Award. So what makes the Denver Zoo so environmentally friendly? One of the reasons has to do with elephant poop. Mounds and mounds of elephant poop -- which the zoo plans to turn into electricity and heat through a fancy scientific process called gasification.
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