CREATURE FEATURES

April 14, 2019

With the re-opening of the rainforest exhibit, Oro, the Pueblo Zoo's blue and gold macaw, is getting ready to make a comeback. Zookeepers are putting the finishing touches on custom propping for her home. Oro has always had toe problems and with age, that has gotten worse so zookeepers have designed special props to help her get around.

Oro stayed busy while on hiatus as the rainforest roof was repaired. Keepers worked diligent...

January 7, 2019

The winter is a great time to head to the zoo, and we’re not lion. The Pueblo Zoo is open year-round, and sure, the summer is the busy season. But what are you missing in those cooler, even chilly winter months?

1. Frigid temps? They’re a reason to frolic for many animals!

Many of the Pueblo Zoo’s animal residents are much more active in cooler weather. From the pallas cats to the porcupines, you’re more likely to see some very...

November 9, 2018

Many a zoo guest has delighted in watching the river otters swim, frolic and play as they glide effortlessly through the water.  They look so friendly and cuddly.  While it’s true, they have a lot of personality, beware to those who get too close. Their teeth and claws are wicked sharp and they know how to use them.  When it comes to mating, it’s not always love at first sight.  Dating can be kind of rough, even brutal....

October 14, 2018

Did you ever have that one pet that was the one? Your soulmate? Of course, we all have.

Well then, it is probably not hard to imagine the connections that zookeepers, staff and volunteers make with the animals in their charge. It may be surprising though the ones that capture our hearts the most.

Of course, lions are majestic, monkeys are fun and pandas look cuddly. But it’s not just the “charismatic” animals that tug on the hea...

September 2, 2018

The saying goes “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, what about old apes?

Rocket, 36, and Suzy, 39, came to the Pueblo Zoo in 2001 and are getting up there in ape years; but that doesn’t mean they don’t continue to learn.

While training can be fun, amusing and rewarding, animal care staff are doing much more than teaching “tricks.” All animal training at the zoo has a purpose -- to teach behaviors that will help staff...

August 8, 2018

 Photo: Allegre Images / Shawna Garcia

Cautiously, they stuck their heads through the small door of the exhibit. Quickly, they darted back. Then, once again, they peeked out -- each time venturing just a little bit further into their new home.

This was the scene as the eagerly anticipated Pueblo Zoo De Brazza's monkeys exhibit was unveiled at the end of July.

Ruby, the petite female, seemed to be the more adventurous one, as she...

July 27, 2018

With the De Brazza's monkey exhibit open, Mission: Monkeys is entering its final phase. This will include the construction of two new quarantine spaces to improve animal care across the zoo.  The new quarantine facilities will be added to the rear of the De Brazza's monkey and African painted dog care building. They will utilize existing outdoor holding and will allow the zoo to introduce new animals to these exhibits without...

The De Brazza's monkey exhibit opened on July 18 to a crowd of donors. As the monkeys entered their exhibit shortly after 5 pm, the meerkats looked on curiously. Ruby and Kanoa spent the evening eagerly exploring their exhibit, climbing fences, ladders, and platforms to reach every corner. 

The exhibit will open to the public July 19, with activities for children from 10 am - 2 pm Thursday and Friday. 

To support the final phase...

July 3, 2018

After three short months, exhibit construction is nearing the end! On July 19, you'll be able to come see Ruby (pictured above) and Kanoa in their new Pueblo home. 

Click through the gallery to see views of the new exhibit taking shape thanks to donors like you, Acorn Construction, Xcel Energy, Nets Unlimited, and Star Nursery. 

Just a small funding gap remains. Your gift today can make a difference. Visit give.pueblozoo.or...

June 3, 2018

Photo: Pueblo Chieftain

It is not unusual to see Marvin, the Pueblo Zoo bullsnake, "cuddling" with his box tortoise roommates, Tillie & Sunset. This sometimes alarms visitors, as they recall stories of snakes squeezing their prey to death; however, there is nothing to be alarmed about in this case.

Bullsnakes are carnivores, but he knows instinctively that he would not be able to digest the tortoises' upper shell (carapace). Als...

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