CREATURE FEATURES

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...

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...

May 7, 2018

Photo: Pueblo Chieftain

Vulture. Try to say it without sneering or turning up your nose. Such is the reputation of this maligned bird that is associated with death, decay and disease.

True, they feed on carrion and death; but far from being a bad thing, they provide a great service as the natural world's garbage disposal. They help keep pestilence and disease in check by disposing of waste and vermin.

At first glance, vultures' b...

April 2, 2018

Photo: Christopher May 

Long-time readers of this Creature Feature may remember the article in January 2015 about baby tortoise, Hercules. Hercules is son to Goliath, the oldest animal at the Pueblo Zoo at 58 years old. Hercules is now 4 years old and thriving in the Pueblo Zoo Discovery Room where he is visible to the public in a roomy new tank.

While often referred to by default as male (probably primarily due to his name), we...

December 4, 2017

Let's face it, monkeys are fascinating to watch. Playful, dexterous and intelligent, one can't help but marvel at how many similarities we

have with our cousin species.

At the Pueblo Zoo, guests spend hours watching the family of five squirrel monkeys jump, swing, eat, mimic, play and do some things better not put in print. Filbert, Pistachio, Brazil (all nuts), Damian and Isabel are a delight to watch, if not a bit messy to car...

November 6, 2017

Why Did the Spider Cross the Road?

To get to the other side. Right?  Yes, but specifically, probably to get to a potential love interest on the other side.  Every year, when the leaves start to change colors, in late August and September, mature males aged 8 to 10 years old, set out on the quest they have been building up to their entire lives – to find a mate. This is the highlight of their life and also the end. Once they mat...

October 1, 2017

Barney needs a pedicure. Or does he? The most frequent comments about Barney, the Pueblo Zoo's resident Malayan sun bear, are about his impressive claws.

Fashionistas may want to get their hands on those long, long nails, but they actually serve several purposes.

Sun bears' long sharp nails are curved and their legs are turned inward, which makes the sun bear very well adapted to climbing trees. Their feet are exceptionally larg...

September 9, 2017

A Native American myth about the creation of the owl tells the story of how it was not always so “wise as an owl”.  As the Everything-Maker was busy creating other animals, the owl kept pestering him about the physical characteristics he desired. Finally, the Maker got fed up with his insistence and interruptions. He shook the Owl which made his eyes widen in fright. “I have made your eyes big, the better to see,” the Creator...

No baby shower, announcement or even a baby bump. Plus, Dad had moved out months earlier. So imagine the surprise of zookeepers when little joey made his appearance at the Pueblo Zoo!

While this may catch humans off guard a little, the reproductive process of kangaroos is quite unique and fascinating. The process is constant and adaptable to conditions, which helps ensure the survival of the species.

 Photo: Pueblo Chieftain / C...

July 2, 2017

Although the word "porcupine" means "quill pig" in Latin, porcupines are actually large rodents and have no relation to pigs. Different types of porcupines can be found around the world, each one adapted for their region.

The African crested porcupine is a doozy. It is the largest of all porcupines and its uniquely designed quills make for a spectacular sight.

Photo: Vikki Graston 

Though quills are porcupines' signature defense,...

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