This will be a bad week for some of the elephants in Colorado's Grand Old Party: three of the four candidates -- Tom Tancredo, Mike Kopp, Bob Beauprez and Scott Gessler -- running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination will be sitting on the sidelines after Tuesday's primary, while one will get ... More >>
At 5 p.m. today, Session Kitchen will host the kickoff pre-party for the ninth annual Climbing for Kids mountain climb benefiting Children's Hospital Colorado. Session Kitchen will be donating 20 percent of all food sales and 100 percent of specialty beverage sales to Climbing for Kids. Learn more h ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
From the moment we stepped out of the car last Friday night, we were three girls looking for a fight. Being in LoDo will do that do you: There's an air of misbehavior that must be half the appeal of the place. My mom's been an ER nurse for close to four decades, and she says that at least once a wee ... 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 >>
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 >>
This is it, zoo fans. This is what you've been waiting for and dreaming of since you approved that $62.5 million zoo-improvement bond in 1999. Big, hulking male elephants -- up to eight of 'em -- living in City Park. Big, hulking male elephants and their big, hulking...trunks. Today is the day tha ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Alonzo Ashley.In July, Alonzo Ashley died at the Denver Zoo after being tased by police. The coroner's office subsequently ruled the death a homicide, but the Denver District Attorney's Office isn't charging anyone with a crime in relation to it; see the decision statement below. This turn of ... 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 >>
"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 >>
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Good morning! Have you had your first beer yet? Denver kicks off its second annual Denver Beer Fest today, a ten day fiesta celebrating all things hopped. While the heart of the party - the Great American Beer Festival - doesn't take place until next week, there are plenty of things for the ... More >>
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 >>
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 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 >>
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 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 >>
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 >>
Hippopotami are more fearsome than most might believe. In fact, they’re actually quite dangerous -- especially when you’re sticking your hand inside their mouths to brush their big hippo teeth. Which is exactly what a Denver Zoo worker found out this past Monday, July 14, when she was bitten by ... More >>
The folks at the Denver Zoo have found a great manipulative slogan to get crowds through the turnstiles this summer: "Every time you visit you help animals." I spotted this ad on an RTD bus on Colfax this morning, and managed to snap this pic from my passenger-side window. Although I captured the ... More >>
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