Creature Feature articles

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 e...

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 b...

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 gr...

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 Pu...

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, m...

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...

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 bea...

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...

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...

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...

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