This week's cover story, "Beauty of the Beasts," delves into the world of animal sex -- and explains how zookeepers carefully match captive animals to ensure that future generations are healthy and sustainable (read: not inbred). The Denver Zoo is home to the official matchmakers for all African lio ... More >>
If you spent too much money on your sweetheart (or yourself) this Valentine's Day weekend, you can still go out in Denver this week. Dance your black heart out at goth night, go to the zoo or catch a live podcast taping -- all for free. As always, you can find complete listings of all events aroun ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Beauty of the Beasts," is all about the matchmakers who help zoo animals find love. Or at least another animal to, you know, mate with. And some animals have a strange way of doin' it, as explained in our sidebar about weird mating habits. (Did you know male giraffes will l ... More >>
Whether you won or lost on Super Bowl wagers, you'll definitely score if you're looking for free entertainment in Denver this week. From a trip to the Denver Zoo to a screening of the Edgar Allan Poe-inspired horror flick Two Evil Eyes to a showing of 1939's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, there's lots ... More >>
If you can't make one of the Denver Zoo's free days today and tomorrow, not to worry: The Denver Zoo will offer half-off admission to anyone in Bronco wear on Sunday, January 12 (remember, the zoo opens at 10 a.m. and the game isn't until 2:40 p.m.). And win or lose, the half-price deal continues th ... More >>
Ever seen an anteater get an ultrasound? No? The Denver Zoo can change that. Zoo tamandua Rio is pregnant -- thanks in no small part to her mate, Quito. Tamanduas are a species of anteater native to South America that sport sixteen-inch tongues that they use to, well, eat ants. That's an important ... More >>
There are so many new residents at the Denver Zoo on a regular basis that it can be a challenge to keep up. Last month, for instance, we told you about the impending arrival of Billy the elephant, coming to Denver from Antwerp. Well, Billy is now here, and he's joined by a slew of other newcomers, i ... More >>
Leopard-print stilettos, animal print shirts, safari dresses and jungle hats were all part of the fashion statements at last night's Do at the Zoo, a yearly romp around the Denver Zoo grounds that showcases dishes from dozens of Denver restaurants and cocktails and beers from local distilleries and ... More >>
Denver Zoo elephant Dolly has a new lady friend -- 42-year-old Kimbo the elephant, who has come from the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas to live in Denver. Kimbo brings the Denver Zoo's Asian elephant population back up to four. It had declined by one when the eldest of the herd, 53-year-old Mimi, passed aw ... More >>
Though this weekend is tinted all orange and blue, there's plenty of action in Denver that's not sports-related. (And, of course, plenty that is.) From a mustache party to free zoo days to art openings, here are ten things you can do for under $10. Find our complete listings of events on the online ... More >>
Where's the best place to find wild asses in Denver? If you guessed Shotgun Willie's, you're probably right. But we would have also accepted the Denver Zoo. Why's that? Because the zoo is now home to two 600-pound Somali wild asses named Kalifa and Kamowa. The two half-brothers recently arrived fro ... More >>
Just when you thought baby zoo animals couldn't get any cuter (we're talking about you, baby tigers), along comes an itty-bitty leopard that changes everything. His name is Makar (pronounced Mah-car), he was born on April 25 and he is effing adorable. The Denver Zoo has kept Makar and his cuteness ... More >>
We first told you about the Denver Zoo's plan to turn a shitload of shit into electricity and heat back in 2009. The key is a scientific process called gasification. Basically, it works like this: Poop and trash and other waste goes in, science happens, and then voila! The end product is a useful c ... More >>
Cranbeary the polar bear is no stranger to loss or heartbreak. Two years ago, she lost her mate, Frosty, who died of liver cancer at the age of 25, just one month after Cranbeary arrived at the zoo to er, become acquainted with him. And last week, Cranbeary's aunt, 25-year-old Soosha, was euthanized ... More >>
Fort Worth Zoo Bodhi the elephant has a new buddy. The Denver Zoo has welcomed its second male elephant, a 41-year-old named Groucho who came from the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas to live in the Denver Zoo's new mega-exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage. He's a big boy: At 11,000 pounds, Groucho is no ... More >>
Cranbeary has been unlucky in love. Frosty, a 25-year-old male who was the last bear destined to mate with the Denver Zoo's frisky female, died of liver cancer a month after Cranbeary arrived in Denver, making her the Anna Nicole Smith of polar bears. But the zoo is trying again with Lee, a twelve-y ... More >>
Bodhi.The green weenie is here. The Denver Zoo has welcomed its first male elephant, a seven-year-old named Bodhi who hails from Ohio. Thanks to a new exhibit called Asian Tropics, the zoo will soon have space for up to eight male elephants -- a serious undertaking for a very moist reason.
Man and beast keep it local.At the Denver Zoo today, five gorillas chomped on lettuce and squash. Slightly more delicately, students from Steele Elementary ate pears, apples and wraps. And none of the ingredients in today's meals came from outside of Colorado. As part of Colorado Proud Schoo ... More >>
Flickr The prairie dogs of Peña Boulevard are getting evicted. As the Denver Post reports today, RTD is attempting to relocate hundreds of critters living along the route of the future train to Denver International Airport. If they can't find new homes, another option is to kill them and ma ... More >>
When it's finished in the spring of 2012, Asian Tropics, the Denver Zoo's ambitious new exhibit, will be home to elephants, rhinos, leopards, flying foxes, fishing cats, otters, gibbons, tapirs and... a time capsule made by middle-schoolers.
Mias takes a hit. Smooth. For years, Denver Zoo orangutan Mias looked sad. "He was definitely lethargic and slower," says Tiffany Barnhart, zoo spokeswoman. "We'd see him holding his head off in the corner and not participating in things with his mate." But lately, things are looking up for M ... More >>
"We loves being born!" We here at Effing Adorable Animal Baby Headquarters just got a super-important dispatch from the Denver Zoo: four new red ruffed lemur babies! Though not as effing adorable as the zoo's four Amur tiger cubs -- who won the prestigious Best Denver Zoo Animal Babies award ... More >>
"Anything helps." The Denver Zoo is $7 million short of the $50 million it needs to complete its biggest project ever: Asian Tropics, a new exhibit that will house up to twelve endangered Asian elephants. And to reach its goal, the zoo has zeroed in on a category of philanthropists who are eq ... More >>
Asian Tropics, the Denver Zoo's biggest-ever project, is halfway finished. When it's fully completed in the spring of 2012, it will be home to several species, including up to eight male Asian elephants -- a necessity for captive breeding, but an intimidating feat that brings certain challeng ... More >>
Denver Zoo Today, on Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania, groundhog weatherman Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, thus predicting that an early spring is on the way. But last week, on no sort of knob whatsoever, a Denver Zoo prairie dog named Daisy crawled out of her enclosure and did see h ... More >>
Dave Parsons/Denver ZooThis dragon is en fuego. What does the Denver Zoo have in common with Jerusalem? How about with a thirty-foot tree made entirely of Legos? Or a bridge in Branson, Missouri, a city best described as Las Vegas for Christians? Stumped? We'll tell you. Bing (if you don't kn ... More >>
Dave Parsons/Denver Zoo Rinny, the Denver Zoo's new tapir, looks like what happens when an elephant knocks boots with a pig, and then they have a baby and it's Halloween and they dress the baby like an Oreo. But despite the fact that Rinny looks like a sandwich cookie, the zoo thinks she's ... More >>
Dave Parsons/Denver Zoo Here's to you, Hagrid. The Denver Zoo is hatching dragons! In the past week, four Komodo dragons have hatched at the zoo. And the keepers are expecting even more: Four eggs remain in the incubator. Even though Komodo dragons are lizards, and lizards aren't that cute, ... More >>
Dave Parsons/Denver Zoo Some babies are cuter than others. It's harsh, but true. But ugly babies deserve love too! With that in mind, we bring you the Denver Zoo's newest babies: four caiman lizard-lings born in September and October.
Dave Parsons/Denver Zoo Hesty, the Denver Zoo's new effing adorable baby Sumatran orangutan, is ready to see and be seen. Born on June 19 to mother Nias and father Mias, she made her public debut on exhibit this past Saturday. (No word on whether the zoo's other baby animals were insanely jea ... More >>
Dave Parsons/Denver ZooNaptime! Call it the circle of life. This week, the Denver Zoo mourned the loss of a polar bear named Frosty and celebrated the birth of an effing adorable baby sea lion named... well, nothing yet. The baby is a very talkative girl whose vocalizations, as heard in the ... More >>
Dave Parsons/Denver ZooCranbeary is smiling. Maybe because she just did it. It's Adorable Animal Friday! (See previous installments here: baby giraffe is born; baby monkey is effing cute; naked mole rats are effing hideous.) Today, we bring you Cranbeary, an eight-year-old polar bear who has ... More >>
Dave Parsons/Denver ZooBaby Cricket gets licked by her mama, Heshimu, minutes after being born.Last month, we here at Westword told you about the Denver Zoo's new, effing adorable baby monkey, Kanani. Kanani's effing adorable photo now serves as the computer desktop photo of a certain staff w ... More >>
Courtesy of Dave Parsons/Denver ZooDa elephant statue. Word. What's six feet tall, made of wood and never forgets? Why, the Denver Zoo's new elephant statute, of course! Forgive our bad joke. It's Friday afternoon and our brains are mushy. It's true, however, that the zoo has a new wooden e ... More >>
"I'll keep you warm, baby..."Are the elephants at the Denver Zoo freezing their giant butts off? In Defense of Animals says they are. The zoo says no way. According to a Groundhog Day-themed report issued today by the animal watchdog group, the Denver Zoo is among the thirty-one U.S. zoos ho ... More >>
Ken Bohn, San Diego ZooRanchipur, a 43-year-old bull at the San Diego Zoo, tries to pick up 42-year-old Cha Cha. "Hey baby. Are you wearing space pants? Because your ass is out of this world!" "Oh, like I haven't heard that one before. Dick." "Caution: A Herd of Bull Elephants is Coming to the Denv ... More >>
Denver Egotist Kudos to the folks at Denver Egotist for first noticing this billboard-size blunder: Two billboards have gone up, one at Cherokee Street and Alameda Avenue and one at West Custer Place between Lipan and Jason streets, emblazoned with Denver Zoo's manipulative ad slogan "Every time yo ... More >>
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