If the US had a national house of horrors, it would probably be the federal government compound that lies on the fringes of Denver, Colorado, incongruously set within a wildlife reserve where bison languorously dawdle against a backdrop of the snow-crowned Rockies.
The National Wildlife Property Repository, operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), is a warehouse of the macabre. It’s a Noah’s ark of protected deceased biodiversity that smugglers attempted to get into the US before being caught by FWS staff at airports and ports.
Shelves bow under the weight of elephant tusks, leopard cubs in shocked repose, crocodile skin boots and quack medicines made from mushed up parts of turtles and bears.
Perched on top of the shelving units are taxidermy tigers. There’s a bag filled with 40,000 sea horses. Towards the back of the warehouse there are two rhino heads in a crate.
There are about 1.5m items at the repository, with approximately 200 specimens arriving each week for storage and education purposes.
“This is just a thimbleful, just one speck of what comes into one port in one year, and it doesn’t even include live animals imported to be pets,” says Coleen Schaefer, the repository’s supervisor.
- Coleen Schaefer holds some of the confiscated elephant ivory. Various tiger-related contraband is displayed below.
Schaefer spent three years as an inspection agent attempting to stem the tide at Los Angeles port, targeting traffickers who cram snakes into Pringles cans or strap 20 exotic birds to their torso, before deciding she couldn’t face the daily heartbreak of euthanising animals any more.
This is just a thimbleful ... it doesn’t even include live animals imported to be petsColeen Schaefer
“This is more depressing though,” Schaefer says, glancing at a lamp that’s been made from a zebra’s leg.
New York City and Los Angeles are the main entry points for illegal wildlife products into the US. If they evade inspection, the potions end up in certain alternative medicine outlets, the stuffed animals in curio shops, and the severed heads of megafauna on the walls of people who want to add a touch of flamboyance to the ranch.
The US is a big player in all this, you can’t get around that
The live animals invariably end up in the hands of collectors or those who wish to hold domestic safaris – the number of tigers in Texas, held for myriad purposes, now rivals that of the wild population in Asia.
- Foiled smuggling plots: a contraband boot covered to disguise its actual makeup, and a covered piece of ivory.
“The US is a big player in all this, you can’t get around that,” Schaefer says. “We are a consumer nation. We aren’t the source country of rhinos, or tigers or elephants, but they are here and they wouldn’t be unless someone was importing them.”
University of Colorado Boulder, also known as CU Boulder, is the flagship university of the University of Colorado system and one of the oldest public universities in the Southwest. UC Boulder is a large university, with more than 30,000 undergraduate students enrolled every year. Founded in 1876, the university has been home to 12 Nobel laureates and 20 astronauts. In addition to its academic prestige, their athletic teams have won numerous national championships, most notably in skiing.
Accepted students had an average SAT of between 1140 and 1370 and an ACT of 25-30. While CU Boulder is a less selective university, having accepted 77% of applicants during the 2016-2017 applications cycle, the essay still plays a large role in admission. With the following guide, CollegeVine is here to help provide some tips on how to tackle this essay.
CU Boulder Application Essay Prompt
CU Boulder’s supplementary essay requires a response of between 250-650 words. This is a pretty wide berth, but overall it is best to stick to the longer end, in order to include as much detail in your response as possible.