Who doesn't like a zoo? But we have found five zoos in Colorado you've probably never visited!

Lions? Tigers? Bears?

Oh, YES!

Everyone loves a zoo, (unless it's your house) and so we went searching for a few zoos (say that, a few zoos. That's fun) that you not only may have never visited but never even heard of.

For example, did you know there is a Gator zoo in Colorado?

9162 Ln 9 N, Mosca, CO 81146

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What started as a tilapia farm has become Colorado Gators Reptile Park. Starting in 1987, the owners brought in a few gators to act as "garbage disposals" has turned into quite the attraction. There are now many species of reptiles on the farm, many of which come from uninformed pet owners. The temperature of the water stays around 87 degrees due to a geothermal well, making it liveable for them.

2999 County Road 53KeenesburgCO 80643 USA

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That's right. A wild animal sanctuary in Keenesburg! This nonprofit animal sanctuary was created to rescue these amazing animals from abusive and illegal situations and has been in operation for over 35 years.

"The Sanctuary currently operates a 720-acre refuge for rescued animals, and provides direct education to over 180,000 people per year concerning issues relating to the Captive Wildlife Crisis in America", according to the website.

3455 Nuckolls Ave, Pueblo, CO 81005

5 hidden zoos

The Pueblo Zoo is located in Pueblo, Colorado (hence the name, Pueblo Zoo) and is home to over 420 animals and 140 species spread out over 30 acres and is open year around.

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a true one of a kind, as it is the only Zoo in the United States located on the side of a mountain!

Home to over 750 animals and 150 species, with many endangered species as well, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is worth the trip!

4729 Twin Rocks Rd, Divide, CO 80814

5 hidden zoos

The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center was created to provide sanctuary for these beautiful animals who, for one reason or another, are no longer able to live in the wild. The sanctuary is also home to a variety of foxes and coyotes and provides a variety of tours.

What other hidden gems are there in this beautiful state of ours?

Share the ones you have found and let's go!

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