-- Your “Daycation” is Just a Short Drive Away! --


March 19, 2010 – From March 22 through March 26, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will be rolling out all of its best fun and excitement for this year’s Spring Break celebration. With Colorado Springs’ schools taking their Spring Break vacations during this assigned week, this accommodates local families who are looking for family fun activities in the area. It’s truly a “daycation,” just a short drive from anywhere in the Pikes Peak region! Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites everyone to America’s mountain Zoo to enjoy the sights and sounds of Spring Break with our renowned animal behavior shows, demos and special activities highlighted throughout the week.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is also reaching out specifically to social media users during Spring Break with special offers. There is a SPRING BREAK GIVEAWAY planned daily during March 21-27 of Spring Break through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Facebook page, Twitter account and Zoo blog only. It’s a chance to win free passes, fun prizes, get coupons, and personally connect with the Zoo. More information is available at http://cheyennemountainzooblog.blogspot.com/

Nestled at 6,800 feet above sea level on Cheyenne Mountain in southwest Colorado Springs, with spectacular views of the Pikes Peak region below, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the home to the world’s most prolific giraffe herd – with over 191 giraffe births registered since 1954. These are the same giraffes that guests get eye-to-eye with and feed, every day of the year. When not intrigued by the 800 animals that call the Zoo home, guests can also enjoy other amusements around Zoo grounds including a historic carousel, a tot train for little train-lovers, and pony rides.

Admission rates for the zoo are $14.25 for adults, $12.25 for seniors, $7.25 for children age 3 to 11, and children 2 and under are admitted free. $0.25 from each admission is designated to Quarters for Conservation, a Zoo program that provides funding for wildlife conservation projects regionally and around the globe. Some on-ground rides and the Mountaineer Sky Ride have a separate admission charge.

Zoo admission includes access to the Russell Tutt Scenic Highway and the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, weather and road conditions permitting. Group rates are available as are annual memberships that include unlimited Zoo visitation.

The Mountaineer Sky Ride is open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., weather permitting, (last ride up at 4:15pm). Admission rates for the Mountaineer Sky Ride are $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for children age 3 to 11. Zoo admission is not required to ride the Mountaineer Sky Ride.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, founded by Spencer Penrose in 1926, is open every day of the year and is home to more than 800 animals representing over 150 species, 30 of which are endangered.

Spring Break Animal Happenings
March 20-28, 2010
-All (*) outdoor activities are weather permitting

African Rift Valley:
10:00a – Meerkat feeding and keeper talk (@ meerkats) *
1:00p – Bird feeding and keeper talk (@ giraffe plaza/bird yard) *
2:00p – Animal Ambassador meet and greet (either in or just outside of giraffe building)

Rocky Mountain Wild:
10:15a – Mt. Lion feeding and keeper talk *
11:15a – Otter feeding *
1:15p – Grizzly demo and keeper talk
2:45p – Wolf feeding and keeper talk
3:15p – Moose feeding and keeper talk *

Asian Highlands:
2:00p (Mon – Wed ONLY) - Snow Leopard demo *
2:00p (Thurs – Sun ONLY) - Tiger demo *

Monkey Pavilion:
11:00a – Training demo

My Big Back Yard:
1:30p – Training demo

The Loft:
11:00a - Awesome Opossum obstacle course
3:00p - Raven’s Spring Cleaning (training demo)

2:00p – Training or painting demo *

Primate World:
12:00noon – Orangutan training

2:30p – Hippo training