Category Archives: Zoos, Aquariums and Animal Parks

Afternoon at the Denver Zoo

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National Western Stock Show

For 16 days every January, Denver hosts the National Western Stock Show. There are feature events—rodeos, concerts, mutton-busting—but there’s also the pure joy of walking around looking at the back end of cows. When I first found out about the … Continue reading

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The Wild Animal Sanctuary

The sanctuary is located in the barren high dessert northwest of Denver. It exists to house animals that are confiscated from or donated by zoos, circuses, and private owners. Once here, the animals are introduced to others of their species … Continue reading

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Colorado Gators Reptile Park

This is an odd place. It began back in 1977 when a family opened a tilapia fish farm. The water in the San Luis Valley is heated to 87° by geothermal springs, making it possible to raise the African perch … Continue reading

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