ABOUT US

The Pueblo Zoo is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility covering twenty-five acres in Pueblo City Park. It is home to more than 500 animals representing 125 different species from around the world. Education outreach programs serve nearly every elementary school in Pueblo County, reaching thousands of children each year. Camps, on-site programming and volunteer opportunities give youth a chance to dive deeper on zoo grounds. Partnerships with the library and business partners provide free and reduced admission to those who cannot afford to visit the zoo. 
Managed by the non-profit Pueblo Zoological Society, the Pueblo Zoo works diligently to delight guests while achieving a conservation mission, supporting many local projects, as well as three global efforts to save African penguins, red pandas, and African painted dogs.

 

The City of Pueblo has maintained a zoo in some form since the early 1900s. The current site in City Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and attracts 100,000 visitors each year. The current Islands of Life and World of Color buildings, as well as the eagle exhibits, were constructed in the 1930s by the PWA and WPA. Guests can see the influence of this notable architectural style throughout the zoo. ​

Publications

Learn more about the work supported by Pueblo Zoo members and donors.

Sponsors

These generous companies and grant funders support zoo events, animals, education programs, and access for low-income families.

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Officers & Executive Committee

 

Amber Shipley, President

Communications & Events Manager,
Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation

Board Term: 2016-2021

Committee: Finance, Master Planning

 

Emily Vidmar, Past President

Community Member

Board Term: 2015-2020

Committee: Board Development, Master Planning

 

Daniel Hewitt, Treasurer

Owner, Hewitt, Heerschap & Couch, P.C.

Board Term: 2018-2020

Committee: Finance

Ruben Roman, Vice-President

Sr. Operations Manager,
Xcel Energy Comanche Generating Station

Board Term: 2017-2022

Committee: Finance, Master Planning

 

Lauren Sullenberger, Secretary

Hospitalist, Parkview Medical Center

Board Term: 2019-2022

Committee: Green Team, Master Planning

Board Members

 

Brandon Beauvais

Crime Prevention Officer, Pueblo Police Department

Board Term: 2019-2021

Committee: Facilities, Master Planning

 

John Chrisman

Owner/Principal Engineer, Chrisman Engineering, Inc.

Board Term: 2020-2022

Committee: Facilities, Master Planning

 

Chris Christensen

Business Development Representative, Innovage Colorado 

Board Term: 2020-2022

Committee: Finance, Facilities
 

Mikala Cortese

Elementary School Teacher, District 60

Board Term: 2020-2022 

Committee: Green Team

 

Cara Fitzgerald

Marketing & Communications Manager, PB&T

Board Term: 2017-2022

Committee: Board Development

 

Michael Garcia 

Attorney, Law Office of Michael L. Garcia

Board Term: 2015-2020

Committee: Board Development
 

Tressa Garza

Pharmacist, CMHIP

Board Term: 2020-2022

Committee: Animal Care & Use

 

Terri Kallish

Event Coordinator, Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce

Board Term: 2019-2021

Committee: Green Team

 

Nick Knezevich, Youth Representative

Student, Pueblo Community College

Board Term: 2020-2022

Committee: Animal Care & Use

 

Joseph Meihak, Youth Representative

Student, Swallows Charter Academy

Board Term: 2020-2022

Committee: Green Team

 

Patti Olenick

Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Black Hills Energy

Board Term: 2020-2022

Committee: Green Team

 

Ed Perry

Realtor, RE/MAX

Board Term: 2019-2021

Committee: Animal Care & Use, Master Planning

Doug Proal

Business Owner/Contractor, Proal Homes & Pueblo West Kwik Stop

Board Term: 2019-2021

Committee: Facilities

 

Carol Rickman

Retired Medical Technologist

Board Term: 2019-2021

Committee: Animal Care & Use, Master Planning

 

Adam Schultz

Attorney, Law Office of Adam J. Schultz

Board Term: 2018-2020

Committee: Board Development

 

Sommer Street

Communications Manager, Pueblo Community Health Center

Board Term: 2020-2022

Committee: Board Development

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Pueblo Zoo  • 3455 Nuckolls Ave.  •  Pueblo, CO 81005  

Phone: 719-561-1452  Fax: 719-561-8986

 

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