The Pueblo Zoo
The newest exhibit at the Pueblo Zoo houses the Northern River Otter (Lutra canadensis). Visitors are treated to the rare opportunity of observing the otters as they swim and frolic both underwater and on dry land. A canopy provides shade and a place to sit. Viewers have been known to sit and watch these energetic Colorado natives for hours. Evidenced by visitors' exclamations of delight it's easy to know when the River Otters do something "cute". These little ones are endangered in the state of Colorado.
The Herpetarium, home to the cold-blooded species found at the Pueblo Zoo, is housed in one of Pueblo's historic district buildings. It offers a diorama with several species of turtles, green iguanas and a large boa constrictor. Numerous species of snakes, and amphibians (toads and frogs) are on exhibit. Reptiles and amphibians don't exactly have the greatest reputation. The Pueblo Zoo is trying to change this and this great exhibit goes a long way in doing just that!
The abundance of life found in the ecosystem known as a wetland is phenomenal. The wildlife found in Colorado is equally abundant. Putting the two together gives rise to the Pueblo Zoo's waterfowl exhibit. The Wetlands exhibit is home to several exotic species as well as many native Colorado species. It's not uncommon for birds, not residents of the zoo, to stop by for a swim or a meal. Nesting boxes are provided on the island that occupies the center of the Colorado Wetlands Exhibit.
Asian Adventure is one of the newest exhibits at the Pueblo Zoo. It houses a couple of real swingers - a pair of White-handed gibbons (Susie and Rocket) and is the new home for Solar Sue and Barney, the Zoo's famous Malayan Sun Bears. The natural setting and native Asian plant life offer a perfect place to wile away a lazy afternoon!
The Lion Exhibit at the Pueblo Zoo opened in 1995. The exhibit gives the Zoo's three lions a habitat that is as close as possible to their own native Africa. Visitors can frequently see one of these magnificent hunters lying atop the huge heated rock that dominates the outside portion of the exhibit.
The Pueblo Zoo's Pioneer Farm is a hit with the kids - no matter what their ages! It is the home of our "petting zoo" and features such favorites as goats, miniature donkeys and horses, pigs, and rabbits. All buildings are just the right size for the little people in our world!
The first thing you'll notice when you enter the Rainforest exhibit is the humidity. Built to mimic the conditions of a real rainforest, this exhibit is filled with beautiful plants native to the rainforest. The exhibit contains more than 13 species of birds, as well as acouchis, a 7-foot Boa constrictor, large Tilapia fish, Ring teal ducks, Mandarin ducks, piranhas, poison arrow frogs, lesser slow lorises, a pair of Blue and Gold Macaws, a pair of slow-moving sloths, numerous Cotton-top Tamarins, and a tarantula Take time to sit quietly on the bench provided. A little patience here will be rewarded with some very close encounters with the inhabitants of the rainforest.
The Woods, also known as the temperate forest, consists of six large outdoor enclosures. Golden eagles, bobcats, great horned owls, and a porcupine are just a few of the species featured in this unique exhibit. Native birds can often be seen and heard throughout the Zoo.
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