milo the mascot

Milo the Lynx on Snow, Holiday Lights, and Awesome Students!

February 3, 2020

Milo, CU Denver’s mascot, is a Canada lynx who moved from the Rocky Mountains to downtown Denver, following the call of the city. He turns seven on Feb. 7, 2020. Happy Birthday!

Milo playing in snow

1. Snow

Milo is a Canada lynx, so he associates snow with his birthplace. As a kitten, he explored the Rocky Mountains far and wide, traversing high peaks and wintry valleys. When he sees snow glittering in sunlight, this wild cat can’t resist getting his paws wet in a good old-fashioned snowball fight.

Milo at Denver City and County Building

2. City Lights

It was the lights that lured Milo to Denver in the first place, which is why the holidays are his favorite time of year. He likes to take in the colors of the Denver City and County Building, with its palette of bold blues and radiant reds. Some Denverites claim to have spotted him inside the Mile High Tree, but we can neither confirm nor deny the sighting. Interestingly, the root word for Lynx means light.

3. Dancing

This cool cat has some groovy dance moves. A well-rounded creature, Milo enjoys all types of dance, from classical ballet to hip hop. He likes to put on his dancing shoes (metaphorically—he literally can’t seem to find a pair that fits) and boogie. Catch him dancing his heart out at the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center, which he calls home, on campus, or in the streets. 

Milo with Chancellor Horrell

4. Chancellor Horrell

People may wonder if Chancellor Horrell is a dog person or a cat person, but Milo knows the truth. Chancellor Horrell and Milo share a special bond—he thinks she’s the cat’s pajamas! He loves her spirit, her keen intelligence, and her inquisitive nature—all cat qualities, by the way.

Milo with students

5. Students

Milo loves students. In fact, a student gave him his name: Mi for Mile High and Lo for Lower Downtown. He enjoys spending time with all types of students (even dog people)! CU Denver students are smart and determined. After all, they choose to learn in the heart of the city, Milo’s favorite place.