-- Twenty-fifth anniversary of Teddy Bear Days offers care for teddy bears, live bear demonstrations and a “beary” fun time for the whole family --

August 21, 2013, Colorado Springs, CO – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will host the 25th annual Teddy Bear Days this Saturday, August 24, and Sunday, August 25, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Kids 12 and under accompanied by a teddy bear or other stuffed animal get into the Zoo for $5.25; members and children 2 and under are free.

Children and their parents can stop by the teddy bear clinic between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Lodge at Moose Lake with their stuffed animal friend for an official certificate of health. Staff and volunteers from Children’s Hospital Colorado will be on hand to provide check-ups to teddy bears. During the check-up, each bear’s weight, height and temperature will be recorded, and stitches, splints and other “medical” procedures will be administered to needy stuffed animals. The clinic is a great way for kids to familiarize themselves with the health care community and what they may expect if they need to visit a doctor, hospital or dentist.

There will be lots of additional activities for families to have an “unbearably” fun time at Teddy Bear Days, including face painting, crafts, emergency vehicles for kids to view and the opportunity to meet hands-on outreach animals.

Special zookeeper talks and enrichment demonstrations also are scheduled throughout the day in Bear Grotto (Andean bears, Asiatic black bears) and Rocky Mountain Wild (grizzly bears). The “Be Bear Aware” demo is the most popular, as guests learn the importance of camping safely while watching the Zoo’s grizzly bears, Emmett and Digger, raid a simulated campsite set up within their exhibit.

Fast Facts

Teddy Bear Days
Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Teddy Bear Clinic (Lodge at Moose Lake)
10:45 a.m.: Grizzly Bear “Follies” Show (Rocky Mountain Wild)
12:15 p.m.: “Cool” Bear Enrichment Demo (Bear Grotto)
2:45 p.m.: Be Bear Aware Demo (Rocky Mountain Wild)


*Kids (3 – 12): $5.25, when accompanied by a stuffed friend
Kids (2 and under): free
Zoo Members: free
*Children must be accompanied by a paid adult; maximum of four children per adult. No other discounts apply. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s 25th annual Teddy Bear Days is possible because of the generous support of our sponsors, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Kaiser Permanente, Larry H. Miller Liberty Toyota, Toyota of Colorado Springs and CenturyLink.

About Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society was founded in 1926. Today, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America’s ONLY mountain zoo, offers comprehensive education programs, exciting conservation efforts and truly fantastic animal experiences. It is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s hope that guests fall in love with animals and nature, and take action to protect them. Of the 224 zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of just nine operating without tax support. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo depends on admissions, membership dues and donations for funding.

For further information or unique press opportunities, contact:

Erica Meyer
Phone: 719.633.9925 ext. 140 

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