Have you ever been to the zoo and caught an eyeful of two animals in flagrante delicto? This week's cover story, "Beauty of the Beasts," explains why and how that happens. One of the weirdest animal mating habits included in the story is a tidbit about giraffes: In order to tell whether a female gir ... 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 >>
Our item about a female moose attack on a woman in Grand Lake, the same town where a male moose was photographed mounting a moose statute, inspired posts by folks upset that the cow moose and her calf were euthanized. One reader also noted that such problems are less common than expected given how f ... More >>
Summer's a great time to spend quality time with the kiddos. But by the time it officially starts, you're already tired of the typical hangouts -- the Denver Zoo, the Children's Museum. That's when it's time to break out of the ordinary: Here's are five off-the-beaten-path activities, each particula ... More >>
The Boulder Cruiser Ride is one of the area's favorite regular activities, with peddlers of every stripe taking it to the streets side by side, often wearing outfits and costumes related to themes. But while most of the latter are of the just-for-fun variety -- upcoming concepts include "Voodoo Isla ... More >>
Last week, we told you the latest in the case of Bill Lee, an Idaho Springs rancher and mall Santa whose animals were seized in a cruelty investigation. Lee has agreed to plead guilty to one count of animal cruelty and has been granted a two-year deferred judgment -- meaning that if he complies with ... More >>
According to a press release from the In Defense of Animals organization and a corroborating story in the Boulder Daily Camera, $3,000 has been raised to put toward a memorial for an elk -- known as Big Boy to some Boulder residents -- shot by a Boulder cop on New Year's Day. Which is a prime examp ... More >>
Update: Earlier today, we shared the arrest affidavit naming Samuel Carter, one of two Boulder cops charged in the shooting of a Mapleton neighborhood elk on New Year's Day; see our previous coverage below. Now, the City of Boulder has announced that Carter and cohort Brent Curnow, who also faces cr ... More >>
Our report about a Boulder vigil for an elk shot by a police officer now on administrative leave got our readers typing. Among the memorable responses -- a note from a person who wishes the average killing of a person received as much attention.
Update: The shooting of an elk in Boulder by an on-duty police officer has stirred controversy and prompted a candlelight vigil; get more information from our previous coverage, on view below. The latest developments: Boulder police chief Mark Beckner addressed concerned community members at a meeti ... More >>
Another police officer is under investigation for an animal killing in Colorado -- and the victim is a tad bit bigger than Chloe the dog. Boulder Police officials, in a statement that includes an apology, say that an officer shot and killed a bull elk and took it to another officer to be "processed ... 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 >>
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management can no longer "remain studiously ignorant of material scientific evidence" indicating that castrating wild stallions is a problematic and possibly illegal way of managing the herds, a federal judge has ruled in the long-running battle over the fate of America's wil ... More >>
The appointment of Callie Hendrickson to a board that helps shape the federal government's wild horse management plan has touched off a frenzy of petitions and protests by horse advocacy groups. They say the Grand Junction woman is a defender of ranching interests who's endorsed commercial slaughter ... More >>
In the war of words over the plan to round up thousands of wild horses on federal lands, it's the images that speak loudest. Even as the Bureau of Land Management argues that the thinning of herds is for their own good, critics of the program keep coming up with damning footage showing abuse of the ... More >>
Don't fucking shoot!Earlier this week, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife department warned elk hunters not to shoot moose. It seems like that would be a fairly obvious statement, but apparently, some elk hunters -- the ones who are loading and firing big guns in the wild -- can't tell the diff ... More >>
Philip PostonEvery year, my neighbor goes antelope hunting, and much to my satisfaction, shares the fruit of his labors. While the morality of meat is questionable, depending on your point of view, wild game is the most ideal form of it in my opinion. Not to be preachy, but with regard to s ... More >>
In the stampede of controversy over efforts to remove thousands of wild horses from public lands, few states have sent out more mixed messages than Wyoming, which features a bucking bronc on its license plate and urges tourists to take a "wild horse scenic loop tour" -- while pushing the feds ... More >>
FlickrOutraged by a federal plan to manage two Wyoming herds of wild horses into oblivion by sterilizing hundreds of mares, activists will gather outside a public hearing at the Bureau of Land Management field office in Rock Springs tonight to denounce the large-scale "experimental surgery" - ... More >>
Cloud.Lawmakers can't make up their minds about America's wild horses. While one congressman recently introduced a resolution celebrating the birthday of a stallion made famous by a Colorado filmmaker, the state's own legislature has declared its opposition to any expansion of range for the i ... 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.
The alpaca contemplates.The middle east may have its camels, which are admittedly pretty awesome, but here in the Americas we have llamas. And also alpacas, which are kind of like mini-llamas. Unlike llamas, though, alpacas are not for carrying things; specifically, they are bred for their ha ... More >>
Lori MidsonAccording to celeb chef Susan Feniger, Biker Jim's elk dog is one of those things that you must eat before you die.Four years ago, Susan Feniger, Food Network personality, star chef, restaurateur, a leading authority on Latin cuisine and proponent of street food, was in Denver bum ... 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 >>
A Flickr photoFor years, the Bureau of Land Management has been aiming to remove substantial numbers of northwest Colorado's remaining wild horses -- despite a federal judge's ruling last year that the agency has failed to prove that the obscure herds are overpopulated. Now, a coalition of ac ... More >>
Clothing, animals and more abound at the Estes Park Alpaca Market.
A judge's ruling beefs things up in the West University neighborhood.
Still game to try venison despite disease scares.
How to play the wild game in Denver.
One sick elk leads to a wholesale slaughter, an angry rancher and a demoted veterinarian.