Groucho is usually the Peyton Manning of elephants, "a perfect gentleman," says Denver Zoo large animal curator Dale Leeds. In his view, "Groucho is a mature male with self-confidence," not unlike the Broncos's seasoned quarterback. "Peyton Manning doesn't have to get on TV, scream and shout about h ... More >>
Melanie Asmar's post about a drunk woman who got into an elephant exhibit at the Denver Zoo notes that new signage is intended to prevent something like this from happening in the future. In the view of one reader, though, the Zoo shouldn't be considered off the hook for what could have been a dange ... More >>
Saving money doesn't have to mean staying in and staring into the void. You can still get out this week and enjoy free events, which include everything from a James Bond flick to a teen Hunger Games virtual reality tournament to a day of strolling around at the Denver Zoo. Check out the online Westw ... More >>
Look out, lady elephants of North America! A new hunk is headed your way. Billy the elephant is scheduled to arrive at the Denver Zoo later this summer. The five-year-old will come from the Antwerpen Zoo in Belgium, where he was called Budi. But Denver already has an elephant named Bodhi -- and t ... More >>
And you thought you had it bad when your mom said, "No cookies until after dinner"...at least your mother didn't devour her young! According to Brian Aucone, vice president for animal care at the Denver Zoo, a wide variety of animals have been documented killing and occasionally cannibalizing their ... More >>
A red panda named Chewbacca has come to live at the Denver Zoo. His purpose? To mate with the zoo's female red panda, Daisy. His other, more important purpose? To be effing adorable. Continue reading for more facts and photos of the six-year-old Chewbacca -- who came to Denver from the Detroit Zo ... More >>
Mimi the elephant passed away at the Denver Zoo last week, without getting to really appreciate her new home in the Toyota Elephant Passage, which opened just over four months ago. Mimi had been at the zoo since 1961; she was a gift from Helen Bonfils, owner of the Denver Post. Zookeepers estimated ... More >>
Circa the mid-1990s, there were no bigger stars in Denver than Klondike and Snow, a pair of polar bears at the Denver Zoo, where they were born and raised after their mom abandoned them. The pair were eventually moved to other facilities, with Snow winding up at Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, where she d ... More >>
Editor's note: Westword cartoonist Noah Van Sciver paints the town like nobody else, as demonstrated in his recaps of visits to the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, our own Artopia, MCA Denver and StarFest 2012. (Make sure you read Noah's blog for more comics and wondermen ... More >>
Ten acres of habitat just wasn't enough for Rinny the tapir. This morning, the 800-pound black-and-white mammal briefly escaped from her new home at the Denver Zoo's brand new exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage, and went on an adventure to a fenced-in landscape area. Rinny's entire excursion lasted ... More >>
Beau Green Denver Zoo 2300 Steele Street www.denverzoo.org This is part one of my interview with Beau Green, exec chef of the Denver Zoo. You can read part of our interview in this space tomorrow. It was a juvenile-court judge who forced Beau Green into a kitchen. The 37-year-old chef of the Denve ... More >>
The Denver Zoo's two lady elephants, Mimi and Dolly, moved yesterday to their new home: the recently rechristened Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit. Formerly called Asian Tropics, the ten-acre, $50 million elephant exhibit was renamed thanks to a $5.4 million donation from the Denver Toyota Dea ... More >>
Update, 4:15 p.m.: The zoo has announced how much money the seven local Toyota dealerships donated to the newly christened Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, slated to open in June 2012. The figure? $5.4 million, the zoo's second-largest donation ever. Read on for more details.
Tomorrow is a city holiday, which means legions of city employees won't have to show up to work (with the exception of police and fire folks, Denver Health doctors, airport workers and the animals at the Denver Zoo; what's a giraffe have to do to get a day off around here?). There's a bonus ... More >>
Amelia Nicol.Update, 1 p.m. October 24: We now know the names of the four Occupy Denver participants arrested in a Denver Police Department raid on a squat over the weekend, and two of them were recently featured in this space: Amelia Nicol, who saw murder charges against her dropped earlier ... More >>
"I love to poop." 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 po ... More >>
"Get those hands up!"Much like pantsless subway rides and flash mobs involving dancing in public places, the phenomenon of the "silent disco" -- wherein dozens of people, mostly White People (sorry fellow crackers, it's true, we're dorks.) -- has come and hung around longer than maybe it shou ... More >>
View full video below.The death of Alonzo Ashley at the Denver Zoo a week ago made headlines around the world for its bizarre circumstances, so naturally a company that specializes in creating CGI animations of news stories has created one about Ashley's death. View it below.
MJ? Is that you? This month, four Denver Zoo staff members will travel to Vietnam to help two endangered species: Asian elephants -- up to twelve of which will one day live in the zoo's new Asian Tropics exhibit -- and Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys, an extraordinarily endangered species of monkey ... More >>
Beef carpaccio from SketchHundreds of people converged on the Denver Zoo last night for Do at the Zoo, where they observed the animals -- both four- and two-legged -- and ate amazing food served up by some of Denver's top restaurants. Photos by Kate Levy. View the full Do at the Zoo slideshow ... More >>
Talk a walk on the wild side tonight at Do at the Zoo at the, um, Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street. This bash is always one of the major parties of the summer, filled with food samplings, drinks, live music and more. It runs from 7 to 10:30 p.m. and costs $150 to $300; for more info, visit www. ... More >>
Elephants poop a lot. Everybody poops, including elephants -- who produce 200 pounds of the stuff every day. That's the weight of a man. Hear that, kids? An elephant poops out a man every single day. And the Denver Zoo has a plan to turn all that poop into electricity to power its new Asian ... More >>
Dave Parsons/Denver ZooOn the agenda for the Denver Zoo's second-ever Singles Safari event this Friday night: horny elephants, polar bear sex, and why big cats like Calvin Klein's Obsession so much. "We wanted to give a different way to interpret animals and talk about animals to this crowd ... More >>
Imagine elephants here.Apparently, one of the most tricky parts of building a new zoo exhibit is making the fake rocks look real. You know, so they don't distract visitors from the animals and stuff. "You don't want people thinking about that," says George Pond, the Denver Zoo's vice presid ... More >>
Dave Parsons/Denver ZooI iz kewt? The cuteness overflow-eth at the Denver Zoo. This week, the zoo posted photos of its newest baby animals: four Amur tiger cubs born last month. To the surprise of no one with eyes and a heart, the cubs are effing adorable. But are they the cutest babies the ... More >>
Stand back.There's nothing worse than the phone call a dad or mom gets from school or camp letting them know that their kid has been hurt on a field trip or during an activity. It can turn your stomach to mush and make the hairs on your back stand up straight. Sort of like the feathers on th ... More >>
Denver Zoo"What's up, Ma?"You know what's the most effing adorable thing ever? Baby sheep. And maybe baby monkeys and baby giraffes and horny polar bears named Cranbeary. But definitely not naked mole rats. And the best place to oogle baby sheep this summer will be the Denver Zoo, seeing ... More >>
Dave Parsons/Denver ZooKanani is adorable. And she knows it. Or at least she will after reading this blog. Don't try to fight it: Baby monkeys are the most adorable. Like, six-exclamation-points adorable. Like, OMG!!!!!! THAT BABY MONKEY IS EFFING ADORABLE!!!!!! In light of that proven fact, ... More >>
Photo from I Am La LaCarmelo Anthony and his son, Kiyan, meet a lion at the Denver ZooDenver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony took his two-year-old son, Kiyan, to get up-close-and-personal with some wild beasts at the Denver Zoo last month, prompting his fiance, former MTV VJ La La Vasquez, to wo ... More >>
He's an animal, that Adam Cayton-Holland. Therefore, the hyphenated one will fit right in tonight, when he headlines this year's Denver Zoo Comedy Night, which benefits several environmental and wildlife conservation agencies, including the Orangutan Conservancy, Madagascar Faunal Group, Wild ... More >>
The dating scene can feel like a zoo. Tonight, it is.
Nancy LevineIt's a jungle out there! Charlie Master in the Sketch booth. The Denver Zoo hosted its twentieth annual Do at the Zoo last night, and Denver's party animals were out in force, sampling tidbits from dozens of restaurants and getting wild! See for yourself on our slideshow.
Having a nice day, all you triskaidekaphobics? Today in Backbeat Online: • Aviano Coffee debuts anything-goes open mike tomorrow. • Fort Collins set to debut all-local music fest in April. • Spoke-In-Wordz debuts new single on iTunes, Amazon. Today in Cafe Society: • 231 Milwaukee back o ... More >>
Celebrate St. Patrick at the Denver Zoo.
Christmas Day has plenty for the restless to unwrap.
Denver Zoo goes ape
Endangered Species Carousel
A revolutionary idea
Dumbo and dumber
November 5 - 11, 1998